Norwegians set new Greenland speed ski record

Posted: May 13, 2015 01:45 pm EDT


(Correne Coetzer, edited May 16, 2015 13:00 EDT, to reflect correct time) The three young Norwegians, Ronny Andre Kjenstad, Vegard Jørstad and Ole Christian Kjenstad, broke the speed ski World Record along the classic horizontal route today, May 13th.


They set the new record at 7 days 10 hours 20 min, their mentor Lars Ebbesen, reported to Explorersweb five minutes after they had called him. “It was very hard end with the storm hitting them halfway down the icefall.” [edited May 16, 2015 13:00 EDT, time previously given as 7d 12h 20 m, but actually 10h, "the 2 hour miss was due to a mix up with UTC / local time / European time in the moment of joy".]


The team started at Point 660 on the West of the Ice Cap and ended at Isortoq on the East coast. They had a race against the storm that came in and reported that they had barley eaten the last 10 hours due to the weather.


Previous records on this horizontal route, 560 km:


May 2002 West-East: 9 days, 4hrs 30mins (Norwegians: Holmann, Nilsen, note not Swedes as previously written)


Late August, early September 2002 East-West: 8 days, 9h 30min (Norwegians: Trond Hilde, Ivar Tollefsen and Odd Harald Hauge)





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and Earth Null School 




Norwegian Expedition sites



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Ousland Polar Exploration




The Ice Project (Mike and Clare)





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The route down the glacier to Isortoq on the East coast.
courtesy Snasagutan SPOT, SOURCE