The Greenland Crossing 2014 – Maxime
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.
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.
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)