After 38 days and over 620 miles, the expedition crew of Ben Stookesberry, Erik Boomer, and Sarah McNair-Landry successfully crossed the Greenland ice sheet, reaching a place they have proclaimed the “Twin Galaxies Fjord.” The discovery of the fjord bares the gift of thawed water flowing from the ice sheet in the impressive form of waterfalls and whitewater carving through the rugged walls rock and ice.
Kitekayaksupertrip Day 39. It's been years since I've first descended a waterfall, today I figured why not fatback on that train! This drop was an intimidating 50ft to 20ft to 10fter, undercut ice caves galore and huge boils that guarded the exit of the first stout. @redonkous2u is in the picture just behind the falls in case I ended up on the wrong side of the boil and luckily I had a good line and didn't need the help. So stoked right now, and also curious what else lies between us and the ocean, 1600 feet of gradient in 6 miles to go! #voked @nrsweb @sarahmcnairlandry #supertrip5000
After 33 days, we have done it! There is now a new east to west route across the Greenland Ice cap. Our descent from the Ice took us literally inside the glacier descending into Twin Galaxies Fjord through a frigid Ice Canyon. And into the Tarn lake at the foot of the glacier. Now we are back on land and in search of a river to take us to the Arctic Ocean. #supertrip5000 @eboomer @sarahmcnairlandry
The group landed on the east coast of Greenland August 7, setting out to traverse the frozen landscape without the assistance of motorized craft. With the help of their ski and kite setups, which allowed the trio to harness the power of the wind, the group has completed the crossing to the arctic island’s western side, towing creekboats full of gear in an expedition they have titled, “The Greenland Kite Kayak Supertrip 5000.”
As we sit here on an unusually balmy night at 8000 feet on the Greenland Icecap we have finally reached the halfway point (almost). In a straight line from here where we started is 377 km and our destination at the entrance to Twin Galaxies Fjord is 404 km away. In the not so straight line we made to get here, this is the halfway(almost) brake down calculated by daily straight line progress: Hiking: 12 days, 79km Kiting: 7 days, 331km We have 9 days to cover the remaining 404 km. I'm no mathematician, but I'd say it's only possible by kite. #greenlandxing @eboomer @sarahmcnairlandry
According to Stookesberry via Instagram update, when the team first reached the Twin Galaxies Fjord, they descended into an ice canyon, entering the glacier itself as they made their way to Tarn Lake at the edge of the massive ice sheet. Now that the crew has reached a suitable position to complete the paddling aspect of their expedition, they will continue to navigate the remaining 6 miles of river and 1600 feet of gradient separating them from the coast, and the balmy waters of Baffin Bay.
Sarah, Boomer and I committed to this trip not only because we thought we had found something unique in what we have nicknamed "Twin Galaxies Fjord," but also to go coast to coast non-motorized by our own means: by foot, by wind, by water. Now just short of the proverbial finish line at the Arctic Ocean, we are tempted to tap into a way out of our commitment and to air lift our small mountain of gear over the remaining rugged terrain and to focus on the river. But somehow that's not the right thing to do. And so tomorrow we will wake at 2am again and try our best to fulfill our commitment to this expedition and to this place. I still believe. #supertrip5000 @sarahmcnairlandry @eboomer
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