Greenland is like the Alaska Ruth Glacier multiplied by 200! Willie Prittie
Greenland, the world's largest island, is perhaps one of the least explored areas in the world. It is predominantly an ice cap with a rugged mountain chain which runs north to south up the East Coast. Mount Gunnbjornsfjeld (12,168 ft.), the highest mountain in Greenland, is located on the central part of the East Coast, approximately 30 miles inland from the sea. We will attempt a summit of Mt. Gunnbjornsfjeld, and make one or two other ascents in the area.
Our ascent of Gunnbjornsfjeld will take approximately four to five days. Travel on the glacier will be on mountaineering skis and our gear will be transported with sleds and backpacks. All routes will be climbed in alpine style, moving our camps each day as we ascend. The climbing is moderate with some steeper sections of 40° to 45°. Basic mountaineering and cold-weather skills are required. We will be living on glaciers the entire time. Temperatures will range from -10° to +30° F.
Participants must have some prior mountaineering experience, including knowledge of the ice axe and moving on snow. We will spend some time on skills review, including: glacier travel, route finding, rope technique, safe travel, snow climbing and advanced ice-axe techniques. Here is a chance to truly develop your alpine mountaineering skills.
After climbing Gunnbjornsfjeld, we will use aerial photos and information gathered from previous expeditions to explore the surrounding glacier valleys. Our goal is to find new mountaineering objectives to fit our climbing skills. Many of these peaks have never been climbed and we hope to summit two or more of them.
Climbing Skill Level
Our 6-day mountaineering course or the equivalent is required as are basic skiing skills.
In the best interest of personal safety, success and team compatibility, adequate training and excellent physical condition are required. Prior experience carrying a heavy pack for multiple days serves as excellent preparation for this climb; a basic mountaineering course and skiing skills are required. Climbers must be able to carry an average of 20lbs or more and be physically and mentally prepared to deal with strenuous situations at high altitudes. Climbers need to be in excellent physical condition for both personal enjoyment and to be an integral team member. We encourage you to contact us so that we may assist you in developing a training program that meets your particular needs. Comprehensive training information can be found here.
Alpine Ascents is deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, trek and course, we not only attempt to leave the environment as we found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. Alpine Ascents reaches for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad. Each staff member is dedicated to environmentally sound alpine ascents.
Environmental stewardship remains one of our core values, and we take Leave No Trace ethics and practices seriously. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of our courses and climbs, we teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principles and practices.
Our commitment to environmental stewardship can be seen on our programs around the world. Over the years, with the assistance of our Sherpa teams, we have stepped up efforts to clean Mt. Everest. Our Wag Bag® program made a pioneering step in human waste management for the National Park System and Forest Service in the North Cascades. On Aconcagua and Mount Vinson, we pioneered a waste removal system on our climbs, utilizing the WAG Bag® system. And we continue our maintenance and minimal impact plans wherever we guide. We believe that given the proper information, most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.
Alpine Ascents is committed to developing safe, self-reliant and environmentally conscious mountaineers.
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