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** ARCTIC GREENLAND FIRST ASCENTS **
STAUNING ALPS (South)
This 2017 expedition will involve first ascents of unclimbed peaks up to 2600m in the largely unclimbed Bjørnbo region region of the central southern Stauning Alps. Located to the south of the more frequented and well known northern Stauning Alps, this group of mountain ranges lies within a 250 sq.km. area that has rarely been visited by climbers or skiers for several decades and with only a handful of peaks having ever been ascended. Summits will give stunning views to the never ending ranges of mountains to the north as well as south over the frozen Nordvest and Scoresbysund Fjords. The ranges have fabulous potential for both ski touring and alpine first ascents of mountains of various technical levels, from easy walking/skiing peaks to technical alpine routes. Our intended base camp will be reached by snowmobile at the toe of the mighty Roslin Glacier which leads directly in to the very heart of the ranges.
There is good opportunity for the team to climb a number of non technical peaks within the alpine grade F-PD. Specific details regarding the first ascents will be sent to clients once a confirmed booking has been received. There is opportunity for attempts to be made on more difficult summits and routes by those with relevant experience. Travel throughout the area can be on alpine touring, nordic or Telemark skis, whichever individuals feel most comfortable with. Some ski ascents/descents may be made. This expedition is our most significant destination for first ascents in 2017.
Tangent Expeditions is the World's leading authority on mountaineering expeditions to the most remote mountain ranges in arctic Greenland and holds the most complete record of all known ascents, first ascents and ski/snowboard descents. No other guiding company is running, or has ever run, expeditions to these peaks due to the very high overheads. It has always been our commitment to clients to continue running trips on minimal margins to allow people to appreciate the true and awe inspiring beauty of these unclimbed regions.
The Only Guiding Company to ever visit the Stauning Alps!
No other guiding company has organized an expedition to any of the peaks in the Stauning Alps region of Scoresbysund Fjord. This is partly due to the spiraling costs of mounting such a one off expedition to this remote region of the Arctic, but also the lack of in depth knowledge and expertise compared to Tangent. With the use of our Snow Dragons snowmobile operation, Tangent remains the ONLY company offering a guaranteed expedition to these peaks. We also operate on much lower margins than other companies in our mission to provide fantastic Arctic mountaineering experiences at affordable prices. We hear from many clients who've been climbing in Antarctica before, comment on how Greenland is far greater value for money, yet equally comparable for the sheer scale, awe and beauty of the surroundings .... and, without any other human presence throughout your expedition area!
Transport Logistics & Itinerary
The group will meet at our rendevouz 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 with our Snow Dragons team of snowmobiles and guides and head north over the frozen upper section of Hurry Fjord and Klitdal before heading west over the Jameson Land mountains. After reaching a refueling depot on the shores of Scoresbysund Fjord we head north again, following the shoreline for 2 hours until we reach an outlining hunters house and safe haven at Sydkap. This will be a full 10-12 hour day's travel. We will overnight here before continuing northeast the next morning past the Kjoveland peninsula and then north up the vast Schuchert valley to the toe of the Roslin Glacier. From here we begin the tour, pulling pulk sleds into the heart of the ranges over three days. A number of fine objectives have been identified and will be atempted before heading back via circular tour and back down the Bjørnbo Glacier.
Base camp should give excellent and reasonable access to a wealth of surrounding peaks and mini icecaps. The itinerary from here is then very much at the group's discretion according to personal preferences and weather conditions. We envisage base camp to be at approximately 1800m asl at position N71'54 W25'25. Please see accompanying map link in top right of this page.
Ski touring throughout the area on the main glaciers should be straight forward, giving good access to tributary unnamed glaciers. From here we enter a world where no person have ever climbed or ski toured, so we take it as it comes. There should certainly be reasonable access on to a number of high peaks in the region. We will move base camp at least once using pulk sleds to a new position giving access to a further range of unclimbed peaks. It is apparent that many of the heights in this region may not be correct and it will be one of the aims of the expedition to obtain more accurate GPS positions for all points visited and mountains climbed. The majority of ascents in the area will usually be between 500-1000m. Perfect one day alpine ascents. Several peaks climbed should be first ascents.
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 approximately 20 hours of daylight at the start of the expedition, increasing to full 24 hour daylight by the end.
The southern Stauning Alps region typically enjoys good periods of stable weather during April/May, largely protected from the prevailing northerly winds by range upon range of mountains forming the central massif to the north. We would however normally expect snowfall at some stage during a 2 week expedition and conditions can range from no snowfall at all up to a half a metre over a few days. During periods following significant snowfall the group will carry out more ski touring style tours and ascents using safer ridge lines. The sun is becoming quite strong at this time of year and typical day time / night time temperatures will range between -5 and -20 degrees C.
Level of Camping
The group will spend one night in tents at Constable Point at both the beginning and end of the expedition prior to, and after, the snowmobile journey to the Stauning Alps. At the beginning this is a "shakedown" opportunity to ensure that all your clothing and equipment is sufficient and working correctly. The expedition will involve camping in snow conditions on a permanently snow covered glacier. During periods of snowfall it may sometimes be necessary to 'dig out' your tent and maintain good overall camp organization and camp craft skills. In contrast, on warm calm days it will be possible to easily sit, chat, cook and wash outside! Individuals and tent pairs will be expected to cook their own food as tent teams. At the end of the expedition, team members have the option of staying in our Weatherhaven heated tent building at a cost of £50 pppn. There is limited availability and it must be booked before your expedition departs Constable Point at the beginning (subject to availability).
Experience & Fitness Required
Ski days will involve pulling heavy pulk sleds for long hours, possibly up to 8 hrs. Ascents of all peaks will involve full day ski tours and ski ascents/descents which will typically be of around 6-10 hours. Some of the ascents will involve easy angle ski ascents/descents on large glaciers where crevasses can usually be avoided. The team may occasionally travel un-roped on the main access glaciers where there is no need to cross crevasses. However on other occasions the team will rope up where there is any perceived risk of crevasses.The final few hundred metres altitude of each ascent could be on either ski or foot and involve mainly moving together on easy to moderate grade slopes with the occasional rope length of grade 1 (40 degree) snow slopes. The team will be carrying ropes and suitable protection to safe guard any steeper sections. No rock climbing experience is required. There is no requirement to join the group on all ascents. Skiing ability for ski peaks should be such that you are able to confidently descend blue ski runs. Alpine touring (Randonee), Nordic mountain touring, and Telemark ski equipment are all suitable for this expedition. Clients should be fit enough to carry out the equivalent of full 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 alpine or Scottish winter mountain clothing and boots. This should of course include windproof jackets and trousers/salopettes and rigid sole mountaineering boots capable of taking a step-in crampon. An insulated down jacket is useful and advisable.
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, general spares and repair 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 their own large rucksack/travel bag, 55+ 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 (or snowshoes), 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.
Please see our insurance site www.insuregreenland.com for details.
The expedition will be led by Scott Webster, a qualified Mountain Instructor, Winter Mountain leader and experienced antarctic guide. Scott has worked as a field assistant and safety guide for British Antarctic Survey for 5 seasons, including 2 winters, but this will be Scott's first expedition to Greenland working for Tangent Expeditions. He is looking forward to it tremendously. He has also made first ascents in Antarctica and climbed in such remote regions of the world as the Mongolian Altai and Tien Shan and with notable ascents of Mount McKinley in Alaska and Peak Chapayev in Kyrgyzstan.
Personal Service - all prospective clients are welcome to visit us at our home in Northumberland 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.