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Greenland kicks off with record attempts

Posted: May 07, 2015 02:03 am EDT


(Correne Coetzer, edited June 9, 2015, 06:08 EDT, to reflect Amputee team members)

The Greenland Spring season has started. Two teams are attempting speed records on the standard West-East / East-West route. Another team hopes to have the first amputee across the Ice Cap, without support.





First speed ski team set off on May 6th with a mammoth 70 km!

Lars Ebbesen sent over news to Explorersweb about 3 "young boys" from Snåsa, Norway, starting a record attempt from Point 660 to Isortoq; skiing West to East.


Ronny Andre Kjenstad, Vegard Jørstad and Ole Christian Kjenstad want to break the current records (on skis and on the Ice Cap):


2002 West East: 9 days, 4hrs 30mins (Holmann, Nilsen)

2003 East West: 8 days, 9h 30min (Tollefsen, Hauge, Hilde).


At the start the team reported on Facebook that the wind blew a little bit but excellent weather are forecast. Their skis glide well and their sleds weigh only 24 kg. The guys do not make use of kites, only skiing all the way. They started off at 500 m above sealevel and made Camp 1 at 1700m.


Ebbesen told Exweb, "they may face an unwanted windspell 10th / 11th that could trip them. Have to see if we can outfox the wind by juggling rest hours."


Check the video here to see how the team attach skis to their sleds to improve gliding. 




Tom Avery, Andrew Gerber, Patrick Woodhead and George Wells start today with a coast-to-coast speed record attempt from Isortoq to Sondre Stromfjord [Kangerlussuaq]. Check in again today for an interview with Tom Avery.




Peter Bowker, an amputee from the recent conflict in Afghanistan, and the team at ‘65 degrees north’ are heading towards Greenland today. Peter wants to become the first amputee to cross the Greenland Ice Cap without any support or assistance, according to him. They will ski for West to East, according to their website Kangerlussuaq [Ed note: probably Point 660] to Kulusuk. 



[Edited June 9, 2015, 06:08 EDT, to reflect Amputee team]

Helen Turton told Explorersweb that Newland was involved in the preparations and logistics of the team and that Sjur Mordre was the guide. Nigel Thomas was not part of the ice team, but part of the home team. [Team not as previously reported as five team mates here (Kirk, Nick, Meinir, Rich and Nigel) portrayed on their website].



Norwegian Expedition sites



SPOT tracker


Coast-to-coast kites (Avery expedition)



Amputee crossing









The elusive Greenland speed ski record: Three Norwegian dark horses (2012)


ExWeb interview with Bengt Rotmo, Greenland Fall vs. Spring


Finland’s Jaakko Heikka talks to ExWeb about Greenland’s horizontal ski route


Wings Over Greenland II: The Icecap Circumnavigation 2014


Young Gun And Old Rat Drawing A Zen Circle Glacial Roundabout


Greenland ski wrap-up: New kite world record




Interactive map at Windyty










Ronny Andre Kjenstad, Vegard Jorstad and Ole Christian Kjenstad started at Point 660 on May 6th. (Image during training)
courtesy Snasagutan, SOURCE
Peter Bowker fits his ski boot on his artificial foot.
courtesy Peter Bowker / 65 degrees north FB, SOURCE
Screenshot of active Greenland wind map. (click to enlarge)
courtesy Windyty, SOURCE