Malaysian team safely off the Ice

On the 24th of May (2014) Maxime, Jón Yngvi and the eight Malaysian team members got safely off the Greenland Ice Cap.

It took the team some 27 days to cross the ice and now their resting at Old Camp lodge in Kangerlussuaq.

According to Maxime Poncet (expedition leader) there where no problems getting off the glacier as could have been expected so late in the season when melting of the snow on the lower parts of the Ice cap has usually started at this time of the year.

On behalf of Icelandic Mountain Guides we congratulate the team for their achievement and look forward seeing them in Iceland in a couple of day’s.

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27 day’s on the ice incl. 5 storm days, one Piteraq, broken ski …

Last night expedition leader Róbert Þór and his fellow expedition members landed in Iceland after a successful trip across Greenland Ice cap.

The team endured intense weather on the first week of the expedition. For four and a half day the team was grounded while severe storms passed (incl. one Piteraq with winds of 35m/s (126 km/h) howling outside their tent.

Close to the DYE II station, one ski broke in half. A day later a binding, and a pole. With some tail winds the team managed many 30 km days in a row and even two 40 km days.

The following pictures where taken when the expedition members where greeted by the staff of Icelandic Mountain Guides up on arriving in Reykjavik.  A more detailed version of the exp. story is underway.

Until then read more about Anthony Hajos (exp. member) blog here:

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IMG_3160From left to right: Eric, Ant and Bjarni

 

IMG_3195From left to right: Ant, Róbert, Eric and Bjarni

 

IMG_3181Róbert Þór after his second expedition across the Greenland ice cap

 

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Camp 16 – 30 km … the longest leg so far.

Yesterday evening we received a comforting message from Max … the expedition leader. The day before (12th of May) the skins were taken off the base of the skis, adding a bit more glide to each stride. At the end of the day this small fix summed up to a full 30 km (18.65 mi) day. A good day’s job in a light tail wind.

Even though two more bindings broke yesterday Max and Jón Yngvi (the two guides) seem to have worked around it. Let’s hope the days of broken bindings are over.

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Camp 15 – Forced to stop when a binding broke!

After some fairly good progress for the last couple of day’s Maxime, Jón Yngvi and the eight Malaysians where forced to stop earlier than expected because of a broken ski-binding. Actually this is the fifth ski-binding to brake and since there where four replacements, Maxime and Jón Yngvi need to find a way to work around it by fixing one of them.

Hopefully this marks the end of series of mishaps.

Since the team has now reached the high plateau of the glacier ski-skins have been taken off which should facilitate some more mileage in the days to come. Weather is treating them fairly with no extremes in wind and precipitation but temperatures have plumed to -35°C (-31°F)

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4th of May – DYE II and one broken ski

On the fourth of May the following message was received from the expedition (to be followed in english translation)

DYE II í sjónmáli e. 33 km dag og eitt brotið skíði … er plan b ef við missum af flugi?“

In short:

„DYE II in sight after 33 km walk today and one broken ski … is there a plan b if we miss our flight?

Accompanying this text message there was a telephone call from Róbert where he described how the ski had broken when one of the team members fell on it. Seems like that particular team member is tougher than a ski since Róbert only worried about the ski!

Tomorrow they plan to pass DYE II radar station.

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