** GREENLAND MOUNTAIN BIKE EXPEDITION **
LIVERPOOL LAND (Scoresby Sound fjord)
FIRST EVER Mountain Bike expedition to Liverpool Land
A fantastic opportunity to be a part of the first ever mountain bike expedition in east Greenland and to cycle along deserted valleys and up remote summits searching out fast exciting descents. This is an amazing and rarely visited region of the High Arctic never previously visited by mountain bikers. A fabulous and beautiful arctic vista of alpine peaks, immense glaciers and ice berg filled fjords. A genuine opportunity for first ascents and descents, true exploration and more stable weather than it's counterpart village of Kulusuk in the south east.
Tangent Expeditions is the leading authority on mountaineering expeditions to Greenland and has previously organised eight 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.
The group will meet in Reykjavik before flying the next morning over the ice filled Denmark Straits up to the remote outpost of Constable Point in north east Greenland. From here onward we will travel by 2 wheels only, firstly up the Klitdal valley to the north, exploring the mountains along the way to the Carlsberg Fjørd. Then heading back south along the eastern edge of the Hurry Fjørd scouting out the Kalkdal, Sødal and Nøkkedal valleys amongst others. Before finally turning east skirting around the windy outpost of Kap Hope and Walrus Bay arriving in the remote Inuit village of Scorebysund. From here we will travel back to Constable Point by helicopter.
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.
At the start of the expedition there will be approximately 20 hours of daylight each day. Reducing to 18 hours by the end of the trip.
Liverpool Land typical enjoys long periods of very stable and dry weather during the summer months, with only light winds and low humidity. It therefore usually feels significantly warmer than the air temperatures suggest.
Level of Camping
The expedition will involve camping in summer arctic conditions on dry ground with daytime temperatures between 8'c and 16'c and night time temperatures down to 5'c. Individuals and tent pairs will be expected to cook their own food as tent teams.
Experience & Fitness Required
There are no paths or tracks in this part of the Arctic, this expedition requires mountain bike skill and experience. The is a truly exploratory trip and may involve some bike carrying up mountains and over streams. The group will be self sufficient carrying several days food at a time. It will be possible to set up base camps to do day ascents and descents of mountains. Clients should be fit enough to carry out the equivalent of 6-8 hour mountain biking days and have no significant knee or back problems.
Tangent will provide North Face tents, floor insulation, MSR stoves, fuel bottles, fuel cans, fuel funnels, stove spares kits, lighters, pans, white gas fuel, food, toilet paper, toilet digging tool, maps & aerial reconnaissance photos, GPS, group survival shelter, emergency flares, PLB (emergency locator beacon), rifle & ammunition (Polar Bear deterrent), VHF air band radio, walkie talkie radios, satellite telephone & solar re-charging system, base camp medical kit, mountain first aid, general spares and repair kit, ropes & scrambling/climbing/crevasse equipment for security on steep ground and glacier travel.
Clients will need to provide their own mountain bike & accessories, panniers, spares and puncture repair kit, 40+ litre rucksack, sleeping bag rated to 0'c, sleeping mattress, water/windproof jacket and trousers, suitable footwear for trekking/portage, hat/gloves, 100% UV sun glasses, 1 litre metal flask, 1 litre water bottle, eating/drinking cup/bowl/utensils, compass, knife, GPS or compass.
See our insurance site www.insuregreenland.com for details.
Min 5 (including leader) Max 8
This expedition will be led by Ewen Turner. Ewen is a qualified Mountaineering Instructor (MIA) and holds the Winter Mountain Leader Award. He is an avid and experienced mountain biker, as well as a qualified bike mechanic. Ewen previously led Tangent's 2011 Summer Liverpool Land Trekking expedition.
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.