Mission 6 : Greenland : Complete


Well as ye know we have made it to Isertoq and completed the crossing. The last 54 hours gave us all a real test, completing over 120km (20% of the total journey) trying to beat a massive storm that was on the way, our last 14 hours were spent trying to drive through the storm and to negeotate the threatrous icefall in whiteout and with sleds attached to dogs, the only way to describe it was exhilarating (can’t mention the other words here) hitting speeds of 30-40km and sliding sideways over ice mounds in a huge storm is an experience we will all remember for the thrills and excitement it caused. I now understand why a lot of groups get both helicopters up and down the icefall, but to us to complete the journey meant starting on land on one side and ending on land on the other side. We hope to get out of here on Tuesday and be home by next Friday/Saturday. Isotorq has a population of 61, no running water, no sewerage, they can’t grow vegetables, no roads, no cars, they have a shop, school, community centre and primarily survive by living off the land hunting, also they recieve a subsidy from the Government. It’s a tough existence, with Seal being the main food source, some whale in the summer, and Polar Bear, each community has a quota and the meat is shared with the entire community. They are a happy and fun group of people and use dogs and boats as theirs transport, and can get to the bigger towns by helicopter if required. We are eating non stop and trying to dry kit before travelling. So by Wednesday we will have some nice shots and more details online, thanks for the support, the likes and the good wishes.

Mike O Shea and Clare O Leary having successfully crossed the Greenland Icecap

Mike O Shea and Clare O Leary having successfully crossed the Greenland Icecap

Dog Team

Dog Team

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