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Norwegian Greenland speed ski update: Day 2

Posted: May 08, 2015 04:12 am EDT


(Lars Ebbesen / Newsdesk) Ronny Andre Kjenstad, Vegard Jørstad and Ole Christian Kjenstad started skiing from Point 660 on May 6th. Day 1 they covered 70 km. 



Another great Greenland day yesterday. They did 75km and was pleased with that. Last night they camped at 1900m. Ole treated them with dinner after the 12-14 hour ski day. 


The first part of the day was a bit hilly and they struggled to find a good rhythm. But the last half was bliss, and the km/h speed accelerated with over 1 km during the last 6 hours.


It’s a great start, but nothing really to get too excited about. It is now that the real work starts. 


The wind picked up during the night and was 7 m/s gusting 10 m/s from SE - not ideal. But they kicked off on schedule this morning to try it out. It is supposed to weaken a bit after 12  UTC, so maybe they will turn the timetable a bit and rest it out for a few hours. The km/h speed could easily drop 1-1,5 km/h; so it is time to consider the strategy-game.


The next days could be tricky, but we are crossing our fingers for a direction change so the wind do not slow them down too much.



66.53792N 46.51228W


The three young guys from Snåsa, Norway, are attempting a speed record 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, no kites, and on the Ice Cap):


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

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


Yesterday the Avery team contacted Explorersweb 30 minutes before they started, but no new news yet.





Exweb interview with Tom Avery: Greenland speed record attempt


Greenland kicks off with speed record attempts (2015)


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


Greenland ICE expedition completed circumnavigation


Greenland ski wrap-up: New kite world record




Interactive maps at Windyty


and Earth Null School 



Norwegian Expedition sites



SPOT tracker


Coast-to-coast kites (Avery expedition)



Amputee crossing















Another 75 km covered on skis by the three Ronny, Vegard and Ole Christian, manhauling the Greenland Ice Cap. Their super light 24 kg sleds get 1 kg lighter per day as they eat their food and use fuel. (click image to expand)
courtesy Snasagutan FB, SOURCE
Headwinds for today. (click to expand)
courtesy Windyty, SOURCE