Welcome to Tangent Expeditions!
The World's leading operator of mountaineering and ski expeditions to Arctic Greenland!
The Only 'comprehensive' website guide to mountaineering and ski-touring expeditions to Arctic Greenland.
20 years of research, planning, guiding and expertise; unrivalled experience, focus & attention to detail.
The Ultimate Arctic Adventure
Forging deeper and deeper into Greenland's remote Arctic mountain ranges, Paul Walker has pushed forward the realms of mountaineering and exploration in Greenland to a new dimension.Founded on a love of remote Arctic mountains and driven by a desire to succeed, Tangent Expeditions has strived to develop a wonderful balance of Arctic experiences and exploratory mountaineering opportunities in one of the most remote and isolated regions on Earth.Founded in 1989 Tangent Expeditions was set up to help climbers begin to explore the many vast and unknown mountain ranges of east Greenland and survey the vast potential of this largely unknown country. In 1993 Paul Walker secured for the first time the private charter of a Twin Otter ski plane to fly a Tangent group to Mont Forel, long thought to be the second highest mountain in Greenland, and proceeded to make the first ascent of a major new 28 pitch route on the north ridge of the mountain. Since then Tangent has worked closely with the aircraft owners to develop an expedition logistics platform in Greenland to allow climbers to reach new and previously unexplored and unclimbed ranges. Central to this ambitious challenge was a small fleet of private charter aircraft which were made available to Tangent to reach the east coastal airstrip at Kulusuk. From here it was then possible to charter a combination of boats and helicopter or bring over a ski equipped Twin Otter from Iceland, refuel it, and continue on north to new areas along the east coast, landing directly on the glaciers.From 1993 Tangent flew to many new glaciers and mountain ranges in the Schweizerland Alps and Mont Forel region before pushing further north to the Kronprins Frederik Bjerg ranges. In these areas alone over 70 new mountains, peaks and summits were identified and climbed, the vast majority of which have never been visited or climbed again. Throughout this period our business developed steadily to allow much greater flexibility and use of the Twin Otter, gaining invaluable experience of glacier landings and opening up new opportunities each season. By Summer 1998/99 a secure logistics foundation had been established which could facilitate expeditions to any mountaineering area in east and northeast Greenland. The Twin Otter ski plane was by now at the very heart of our Greenland operations. A series of landmark expeditions then took place, many to new mountain ranges including rare ascents of Petermanns Bjerg and Schackletons Bjerg in northeast Greenland, first ascents in the Rignys Bjerg and Lindbergh Fjelde ranges and a Winter expedition to the Schweizerland Alps. In May 1998 our Watkins Mountains expedition became the first and only commercial expedition to reach the summits of all five highest mountains in the Arctic in a single trip, which was followed in June 1999 by the first ever British commercial crossing of the Greenland icecap. Such experience firmly established Tangent Expeditions as the world’s No.1 leading organiser of mountaineering, ski-touring and ski-mountaineering expeditions to Arctic Greenland.Since then we have gone on to open up countless new mountain ranges, including Milne Land, Ejnar Mikkelsens Fjeld, Borgetinde, Sørtebræ ranges, Knud Rasmussen Land, Kangerdlugssuaq ranges, Camp Icefield, Martin Knudsen Nunatakker, Niels Holgersen Nunatakker, Hvidbjørns Nunatakker, Louise Boyds Land and Dronning Louise Land.Now half way through the first decade of the new Millennium our commitment and dedication to the identification and exploration of new and previously unclimbed mountain ranges is as strong as ever. Watch out every year as we constantly add new and previously unclimbed ranges to our repertoire. Our expeditions to Greenland fall into one of three categories:Tangent Expeditions: One of our ambitious annual programme of expeditions led by an experienced Tangent leader and open for individuals to join. Private Expeditions: An expedition put together specifically for a private group of friends or colleagues but led by an experienced Tangent leader. Independent Expeditions: An expedition put together specifically for a private group of friends or colleagues but self led by one of the expedition members of the group.