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**SKI AND SNOWBOARD DESCENTS **
LIVERPOOL LAND (Scoresby Sound fjord)
Tangent is organising another exploratory expedition to Liverpool Land in April 2014 to explore the area's potential for ski and snowboard descents. In response to the success of individuals on our earlier expeditions we're now committed to the development of ski and snowboard expeditions in Greenland. If you have an alpine touring set up, split board, ascent skis or fancy donning your snow shoes for access to some untouched powder and genuine first descents then please contact us immediately. This is a great chance to join a small team and just go out there and explore whatever lines you fancy, secure in the knowledge that none have been ridden before. No need to worry about anyone else getting in those first lines! April is also a fantastic time to visit this region of northeast Greenland, renowned for it's generally settled spring weather and guaranteed snow in abundance.
A great opportunity to explore this region and make rare ski and split board ascents and descents of remote arctic summits in this amazing and rarely visited region of the High Arctic. A fabulous and beautiful arctic vista of alpine peaks, immense glaciers and ice berg filled fjords. A genuine opportunity for first ascents, true exploration and more stable weather than it's counterpart village of Kulusuk in the south east. Suitable for both ski tourers and snowboarders with either short skis or split boards for the ascents. Why not join us for the true arctic expedition experience. Alpine peaks, virgin summits, ice bergs and fresh powder!
Ski touring through the region will involve opportunities to travel on a variety of terrain including icecaps, glaciers, valleys and sea ice. The small and dedicated team will depart from Constable Point by snowmobile with an aim to establish base camp in the Kalkdal valley where easy access can be gained on to the Bjering Pedersens icecap. This high icecap offers access to numerous peaks with unparalleled views of other alpine summits, glaciers and the ice berg studded east coast. Camping will be in full snow and winter conditions throughout. Subject to general snow, avalanche and safety considerations the group will ride as many lines as possible. Starting with peaks bordering the southern Bjering Pedersens icecap we will then move north to summits and routes on the southern edge of the Istorvet icecap. Finally we shall head east to explore the fine ranges that extend from summit to sea level in to the frozen Denmark straits. The aim here being to board / ski from summit to sea level in one continuous new route!
Tangent Expeditions is the leading authority on mountaineering expeditions to Greenland and has previously organised 30+ expeditions to Liverpool Land. Tangent remains committed to running such expeditions on minimal margins to allow people to appreciate the true and awe inspiring beauty of these remote polar regions.
Transport Logistics & Itinerary
The group will meet at our guesthouse in Reykjavik on the expedition start date before taking a flight to Constable Point in north east Greenland the next morning. The expedition food and equipment will be sent as air freight to Constable Point in advance. From here the group will meet up with our newly acquired fleet of snowmobiles and guides and head out over the frozen upper section of Hurry Fjord to establish base camp in the Kalkdal valley. This gives excellent and easy glacier access to the Bjering Pedersens icecap and surrounding peaks. The itinerary from here is then very much at the group's discretion according to personal preferences and weather considerations.
Accommodation in Iceland is provided on a Bed & Breakfast basis, and other meals are not included in Iceland. Expedition food will be provided on a full board basis for the time spent on expedition in Greenland. This will include camping style food during transit at Constable Point airport. If clients choose to eat in the airport canteen this is not included and should be paid for locally in Danish crowns or by credit/debit card.
There will be 24 hour daylight throughout this expedition. At this time of year sunsets and sunrises merge in to one long beautiful display of colour.
Liverpool Land typically enjoys good periods of stable weather during April. We would however normally expect snowfall at least once in a 2 week expedition but conditions can range from no snowfall at all up to 30cm over a few days. The sun is very strong and day/night time temperatures will range from 0 to -20 degrees C. As a dry cold, and with little wind, it usually feels significantly warmer than the air temperature suggests. Prevailing winds are usually northerly in this region which can result in significant wind chill.
Level of Camping
The expedition will involve camping in snow conditions on permanently snow covered glaciers and terrain throughout. During periods of snowfall it will sometimes be necessary to 'dig out' your tent and maintain good overall camp organisation and camp craft skills. In contrast, on calm clear days with no wind it will be possible to sit outside. The group will camp in tent pairs will be expected to cook their own food as tent teams.
Experience & Fitness Required
Mountain climbing and riding days will typically be 5-8 hours depending on weather and terrain. The ascents will involve easy angle ski, split board or snowshoe ascents on glaciers where crevasses can usually be avoided. The team will travel un-roped on the non glaciated terrain and the flatter glaciers and icecaps, but rope up on glaciers and steeper terrain where the guide feels it appropriate due to crevasse risk. Good general mountain ski fitness and camping and organisational skills are important. Clients should be competent descending a range of snow slopes in off piste conditions on either ski or snowboard. Clients should be fit enough to carry out the equivalent of 5-8 hour mountain walking days and have no significant knee or back problems.
There is no requirement for more specific extreme clothing other than normal Scottish winter or summer alpine clothing and boots. This should of course include windproof jackets and trousers/salopettes. An insulated down jacket is recommended.
Tangent will provide Snowsled pulk sledges, North Face tents, snow pegs, floor insulation, MSR stoves, lightweight plywood stove boards, fuel bottles, fuel cans, fuel funnels, stove spares kits, lighters, pans, white gas fuel, food, toilet paper, maps & aerial reconnaissance photos, GPS, group survival shelter, snow shovels, emergency flares, PLB (emergency locator beacon), rifle & ammunition (Polar Bear deterrent), VHF air band radio, walkie talkie radios, satellite telephone & solar re-charging system, emergency flares, base camp medical kit, mountain first aid kit, client prussik loops, ropes & all snow/ice climbing and crevasse rescue equipment for security on steep ground and glacier travel, general spares and repair kit.
Clients will need to provide your own large rucksack/travel bag, 50+ litre daysack, sleeping bag suitable for -20'c, inflatable sleeping mattress (& repair kit), foam sleeping mattress, water/windproof jacket and trousers, suitable ski touring/Telemark/split board skis and boots, ski poles, skins, spare skin glue, avalanche transceiver, avalanche probe, crampons, full winter clothing, insulated jacket (optional), expedition gloves/hat/balaclava, 100% UV sun glasses, 100% UV snow goggles, 1 litre metal flask, 1 litre water bottle, eating/drinking cup/bowl/utensils, pee (toilet) bottle, multi-tool knife, harness, helmet, 5 x screwgate karabiners, ice axe & hammer, GPS (optional), compass. Certain equipment is available to hire here.
Please see our insurance site www.insuregreenland.com for details.
This expedition will be led by UIAGM/BMG Mountain Guide, Robin Beadle. Robin spends most of his time guiding private clients throughout the UK and the European Alps. He has led three of our Watkins Mountains expeditions and several to Liverpool Land, including guiding on the "Ian Wright's Excellent Adventure" programme which took Ian to the summit of the highest mountain of the Arctic for a Sky One TV documentary. He has made a successful ascent of the 8000m Broad Peak, guided a successful ascent of Everest and climbed in many of the world’s Greater Ranges. Robin is responsible for running alpine training programmes for those of you wishing to head out to the Alps for private guiding or pre-expedition training. Along with Nigel Edwards, Robin helps run our Lakes based pre-expedition training weekends and skills courses.
Personal Service - all prospective clients are welcome to visit us at our home in Cumbria or Paul Walker will travel to any part of the mainland UK free of charge to meet with you and discuss the expedition in more detail and show you maps and photographs. We believe this benchmark service is offered by no other expedition travel company and supports our commitment to providing an ultimate level of high quality personal service.