Central East Greenland, July 2014
Posted by holdwithhope2014 on Feb 6, 2014
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Date: On Jul 1, 2014
City or Place: Greenland
Skill Level: Advanced
Partner Status: Want Partners
Trekking/Expedition Partners Wanted:
Central East Greenland, ca. July 1 – August 8, 2014
I am looking for people with extensive backcountry trekking experience to accompany me to Hold with Hope, central East Greenland this summer. I have been visiting this area periodically since 1992.
You must have the financial means to pay for your own expenses, including:
1. Air fare from your home country to Iceland and onwards to Constable Point in East Greenland r/t,
2. Charter air fare from Constable Point to Hold with Hope r/t,
3. Mandatory Search and Rescue insurance, Greenland government fee, provisions, any gear you might need, etc.
This is not a guided tour, but a partnership of equals. In prior years, I have teamed up with a British pensioner, a German graduate student, Norwegian kayakers and others who, like me, were in love with the High Arctic. Each participant makes his/her own travel arrangements, buys insurance, etc. We then meet either in Reykjavik, Iceland or at Constable Point, Greenland. In the field, we may operate independently of each other with each person/team pursuing their own interests, but we meet up daily or every few days at base camp to re-supply, rest, and share our adventures. Alternatively, we may stay together for the entire period depending upon the ambitions and capabilities of each participant.
I am interested in partnering with experienced and competent trekkers who are able to commit to going before March 1 and who can be relied upon to show up as planned.
About the area: Hold with Hope was named by Henry Hudson, the navigator, in 1607. It is located at 73°30’N inside the Northeast Greenland National Park and is one of the most spectacular areas in the park. Wildlife is plentiful, the glaciated mountain scenery is amazing, and hiking is relatively easy on tree-less tundra in broad valleys. But, some rivers can be difficult to cross early in the season, so you need to be experienced. There are sights of historical interest, including paleo-eskimo tent rings, old trappers’ cabins, and a weather station built in 1922 but restored in 2011. The station has 2 stories with multiple rooms and is normally suitable as a base camp. A charter Twin Otter aircraft lands on the tundra next to the station – weather and ground conditions permitting.
Expect to be fully self-sustained. Satellite phone, PLB, and rifle are advantageous. Polar bears are a potential risk. The station is located right on the coast of the Greenland Sea, so fog is guaranteed. The mosquitoes can be ferocious.
If you have the necessary skills and experience to spend about a month in the High Arctic and are interested in a joint venture to East Greenland, please contact me at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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