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.