Irish adventurers Mike O’Shea and Clare O’Leary are again foregoing the mild climes of Ireland for much colder weather. Today the duo announced their upcoming expedition to Greenland – where they plan to cross the Greenland lcecap from West to East over 25 gruelling days . Greenland is the second largest ice mass outside of Antartica, and their journey is just under 600km and gaining a maximum altitude of 2500m. This expedition is the 6th expedition in an ongoing series of ice related adventures that the pair have dubbed The Ice Project , with the team having previously crossed the North Patagonian Icecap and Lake Baikal and made two attempts to walk to the North Pole.
The expedition will begin on the 30th April when O’Shea and O’Leary will fly to Kangerlussuaq in Western Greenland where they will meet the 4 other international members of the team. The other members of the team hail from the UK, USA and Norway and the team will meet up to finalise preparing their equipment and food. As the ice Cap is extremely difficult to access, the team will initially focus on accessing the Ice Cap, which is getting more difficult due to the extreme melting that is taking place each year, this can take between 3 and 7 days on foot before the team will take to Ski’s to continue with the rest of the crossing.
This expedition also give the Irish pair a unique chance to work with a dog team on their adventures. The team will use dogs while on the ice cap to pull sleds which will carry some of the teams communal equipment. Greenland is notorious for its strong winds and devastating storms and temperatures will reach a low as -30c on the expedition. The team have a wealth of experience to deal with all that Greenland can throw it and hope to return to Ireland in early June.
Mike O’Shea has said “This is a great opportunity for us to get the chance to work with a dog team which will bring another unique aspect to this trip. It will undoubtedly be an extremely tough expedition but I am looking forward to it , and all the challenges that it will bring. “
The team will stay in contact with their base back in Ireland on a daily basis throughout the expedition , with daily blogs and updates on their website theiceproject.org