South-North crossing of the Greenland icecap
The goal of our expedition was to completely cross the Greenland icecap from south to North, from Narsarsuaq to Qaanaaq, in less than 28 days.
We used kites to tow mens and sleds. However, the lack of wind, due to exceptional meteorological conditions
did not allow us to fulfill our dream. Ultimately, we had to retreat toward the Greenland west coast half way though the icecap.
Nevertheless, the journey was amazing, full of adventures, laughs and fantastic images.
Global view of the journey :
The key steps :
- April 25 : Departure from Paris - Grenoble
- April 26 : arrival in Narsarsuaq, Greenland
- April 28 : boat transfer to the Qarelarik Fjord glacier
- April 29 - May 24 : no wind or head wind : we have to walk.
- May 5-10 : kiting northward, when the wind is present.
- May 11-12 : lack of wind
- May 13 : kiting northward
- May 14 : so little wind...
- May 15-16 : Storm !
- May 16-17 : night flight
- May 18-19 : so little wind...
- May 20 : land in sight
- May 21-22 : a difficult descent toward the Greenland west coast
- May 23 : back with humans in Kangerlussaq
- May 26 : back in Paris - Grenoble
The expedition was registered with the Danish Authorithies under
the name GREICAP-FF-2006 (DPC reference # 532-645).
- Michel Caplain, our weather adviser
- Nicolas Dubreuil, for the telsat dat connection and tips on the Greenland west coast
- CAESUG (club FFME) and FFME
- Jacky Simoud in Narsarsuaq
- Grand-Nord Grand-Large (GNGL)
- Espace Montagne, Grenoble
- Kites & Boards, Grenoble