Today is about as yesterday, lots of sunshine...
We picked up the stuff we had up high and carried all the way down.
We are still enjoying San Rafael, now we have another great sunset 😎 with big movements in the glacier.
Happy campers :)
Another great day! Not a cloud on the sky! We are now camped at the front of San Rafael glacier, a load but fantastic camp. Great sunset here
Loud but fantastic ;)
Lazy Morning Expedition...
Position, follow this link: http://bit.ly/1HqtPxi
Nice and sunny today.
Went up for the load on the mountain. Brought it a bit down from the camp. Staying in the same camp tonight.
Beautiful sunset and campfire tonight. All good :)
Extremely nice weather this morning. We carried the first load on land over the mountain and a bit further, where we had quite a view up to the icecap. Could see the San Valentin, highest mountain around, and the rest of these beautiful mountains of the northern icecap.
Then we went back on ice, had lunch and took down the camp. Went over the mountain and over to the high camp on land. This is the camp that Petter have been thinking on almost every day for the last two years (when he was here ), the most beautiful camp in the world !!!
Happy team :)
We have been in the shadows for sat.com the last days and just sending short messages, but we are back on now!
A lot of snow falling the last 3 days. All the way down to 500m above sea level, but finally great weather going down the last step, where we spent one whole day to lower the pulkas on to a "nunatak".
Today we went on ice and are ready to "jump on land" for good.
It's almost frightening to see how much the glacier have melted in only one year. On places we last year had to use rope to get down, we easily stepped down like in a stairway with our pulkas behind us...
Weather is mixed, sprinkling, foggy and sunny all within every hour of the day !
- Lazy morning expedition
Yesterday we picked up one load where we came off the ice an brought it around this crevasy area back on the ice again. Stayed in same camp.
The Lazy Morning Expedition,
We are on land for a while. Yesterday was a great day! Roping pulkas down the second step. Lots of new snow. It took us the whole day. Nice weather.
"The Lazy Morning Expedition"
Iridium phone call from the team yesterday:
A lot of rain and bad visibility...then the rain turned to snow at night and they woke up with 20 cm of fresh powder!
They are already down the first step of the big icefall, and waiting for visibility to improve before heading down the second and out into the forest.
More news later or tomorrow.
"The Lazy Morning Expedition"
No message from the team yesterday, it must have been a long day...
Just an OK message sent from communication system so that we know everything is fine.
Folllow link to see their position: http://bit.ly/20caf3h
Day has been with low light, a bit of snow, a bit of rain but mostly okay with some visibility.
We are now camped above the first step of the icefall.
Lots of snow were we crossed San Rafael glacier. More than any year before. Expect tomorrow's camp on land after a long day of lowering pulkas...
Our expedition finally has it's name: "The lazy morning expedition"
Bengt, Moa and Petter
Today we've been walking along the upper part of San Rafael glacier. This morning we had an amazing view around the camp. We saw the mountains we didn't see around us in the whiteout yesterday. Yesterday we probably did one of the nicest ski treks in the world, but we didn't notice...
The scenery changed half an hour in our day. Back to total whiteout. We went trough the day step by step with sticky snow to the skies. Now we are camped close to where we will cross San Rafael glacier.
Bengt, Moa and Petter :)
To see team's position copy and paste: http://bit.ly/1kLoVWS
We had a lazy morning today. Lots of coffee for Bengt, Moa listened to music and Petter took it easy...
13:00 we were on skies, went down the icefall towards San Rafael Glacier in whiteout.
Short day today, tomorrow we should be back to normal.
Bengt and team :)
Position: copy and paste link: http://bit.ly/1N1WA9I
Long day! 15,5 hours. Came in to camp in moonlight at 23:00. Roping pulkas takes time...
But now we are on the top of the icefall. Very happy and tired team. Its time to get some sleep, and we are not putting the alarm on at 05:00 tomorrow ....
Team's position: copy and use this link: http://bit.ly/1Ky2lFR
We saddled up the pulkas today. Took the whole "house" trough the lower part of the icefall.
Here we went on without load up the higher icefall. All the way through and up to where it starts to go down to the other side. When we got back down we managed to put camp before the sun dissapeared behind a "nunataq".
From our camp we can see our tracks as a thin line trough this amazing icefall.
All good here, we're now really crossing fingers for visibility tomorrow.
Bengt, Moa and Petter :)
Our position: copy, paste and follow link: http://bit.ly/1RtIRrl
A new amazing day, and sunny the whole time. Our new camp is close to the icefall and what a view!
We walked the whole lover part of the icefall, and found a nice way to the base of the last steps before the icefield. We found two posible ways up, and will go in with the whole load tomorrow morning.
Need two days of good weather now, and we cross fingers for that to happen.
Bengt, Moa and Petter
Position: copy, paste and follow: http://bit.ly/1MWFUk2
After almost 66 hours in the tent, waiting for the fog to dissapear, today at 14:00 the sun broke through and we were able to carry a load of equipment up to the Glacier. The weather was nice and the view to the icefall was amazing. Now we are back in camp, hoping for good weather tomorrow so we can carry the last two loads up.
Moa give kisses to Kira and all cuties back home!
Bengt and team.
For team position copy and paste link: http://bit.ly/1OUaMS6
Hi, happy birthday :) We are still in the same camp. Bad visibility. Reading books. Glad we brought many pages... All good! Bengt For team's position paste and copy this link: http://bit.ly/1kpeBU6
Must have been a long day fighting their way up the icefall for the team.
Whether because of that, or because or bad signal, all we receive from them last night was position, see here, and the "All OK" message.
We will probably have more news later.
During the two last days we have been carrying the equipment up to camp 2/3 and further up to camp 4 which is our first camp on snow.
The weather has been fantastic all the way, but in the moment we are having some rain.
The plan for tomorrow (today Monday the 19th as we read in Norway time)... is to go higher up and try to find a way up on the Glacier, if the weather is good.
Petter sends his regards to Saga and My!
Just a short SMS from the team, due to bad signal.... "Hi, same camp, has moved our stuff a bit higher. been up to the Icefall and spotted the route. Will take us a couple of days to find out how it goes. Absolutely beautiful weather and amazing surroundings. This must be one of the most beautiful places on our planet"
Monica was kindly asked(forced) to write today's blog post, but Bengt forgot to tell that it had to be in English..., so here is a Norwegian post as well.
The sunshine exped har starta, Thomas har fiksa oss inn til synet av breen. Utstyr og folk er kommet til camp. Femmannsteltet er satt opp, og me er klar for meir tur imårrå! Løyen trøtt gjeng i seng. Morna hipsters!
To see our position click here:
We woke up early and ate our last rations of porridge. The camp was packed about 2 hours later, and our eyes were fixed straight ahead into the towering blocks of ice pilled up in the direction where our route out of the ice cap should be.
Lucky Bengt had been here before and he had all the waypoints stored in his GPS. Also there was just enough snow and the temperatures were just high enough that the ice was soft and our boots had a good grip even without the crampons.
With all the luck on our side we sticked to the route and in the middle of the day we finally battled our way through to the point where we could actually see where the brown stones replace the white and blue ice surface. It seemed so close, just a few kilometers away, but there was still a lot of hard work on our plates before we could really walk on the solid land.
Still, we unpacked the satphone and optimistically ordered a pick up at 9pm. We were now just 600 m above the sea level, air was warm and moist and there was a light drizzle falling from the overcast sky. Wet, sweaty and tired we decided to walk in the Glacier Rivers that started to fill up with meltwater.
Now, that was a true fun! - splashing in the water and fast progress without dragging the pulkas over never ending ice mountains brought up our spirits. We were as happy as kids playing in a puddle.
The continuous work did not let us feel cold and at 7pm we victoriously exited the icy jungle and reached the terminus glacier moraine. From there it was just an easy walk carrying the pulkas on the trail to the start of the road. After an hour ride on the bus we reached Kangerlussuaq. Thanks to the kind locals we could enjoy fresh Danish bread for dinner!
We have walked and skied 550 km over the ice, spend 27 days and nights together and shared a wonderful experience. This is the end of our highway, but the memories of this Greenland crossing will inspire our ways again and again and again…
The Highway 5
At 19:30 Greenland time, 23:30 in Norway, we received a phone call from Bengt to confirm they are at point 660 and ready to head down to Kangerlussuaq as soon as their pick up vehicle arrives !!! (and I guess ready for a hot shower, a cold beer, dinner, and a good night of sleep in a real bed...)
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Today we took another ride in the rollercoaster train among the icy bumps and rivers.
The surprise of the day was a sturdy snowy bridge over a deep canyon that in previous years caused lots of trouble crossing. Peanuts for us!
We have done 17 km today and there are just 12 left to the end. Hopefully we can make it in one day. The terrain in front of us will be hard and we are going to bed early in order to get up at 3 am tomorrow.
Exhausted and happy!
The Highway 5
A look out of the tent this morning suggested that we are done with skiing for this crossing. There was hardly a few patches of snow left. What remained from the summer melt was just icy rubble - easier to walk on than to ski. So we went on foot and our legs have welcomed this change of motion. When we reached the first crevasses we had to put the skies back on for the sake of safety. Soon after we found a little miracle: from about 50 meters of altitude below our start this morning the surface was covered by a thin snow cover! Not enough to hide the dangerous spots, but just perfect to get our skies sliding.
When we left the crevasses behind our backs we entered an area of icy bumps and creeks - the best amusement park nature could offer to us. Finally some real slope!
We have been gliding, ice skating, jumping and running over the fairytale landscape,and we have descended 250 m in 22 km today. Can't wait for another day on the glacier tomorrow!
The Highway 5