After 31 days on the ice cap, Harald and Andre have completed their expedition. But not before some interesting experiences on the Western side of the ice cap. The transition from ice sheet to glacier to mountain comes with caution in navigating the glacier’s crevaces and the many snow lakes.
Listen below to the last few days of the journey, as well as some very nice final thoughts from Harald after they arrived at Kangerlussuaq, the small town and former air base on the Western side of Greenland.
May 17, 2008: Western mountains finally in sight
May 18, 2008: Nearing the mountains and end of the glacier
The aerial photograph of this area
May 19, 2008: A tough day, with snow and a white out
May 20, 2008: Navigating around the glaciers crevaces and under-snow lakes
May 21, 2008: Reached the end of the Greenland Ice Cap!
Remaining 3 km to go
May 22, 2008: Final thoughts from Kangerlussuaq
At the airport of Kangerlussuaq
Adam: “Harald, welcome home. I hope you can enjoy a warm meal and warm, soft bed at home.”
Harald (after his return)” Adam, thank you very much for all your support….and here some very first pictures of the expedition.”
Here’s the final map:
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A technical problem with the helicopter to the starting point in Isortoq delays the team a few days at their basecamp in Tasiilaq.
Listen to the daily podcast here: April 16: Delayed in Tasiilaq (mp3).
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Based on the Climate Change Report 2007 published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) it is now worldwide accepted, that “climate change is a serious threat to development everywhere”. Especially the Arctic Region is one of the very last white spots on earth and has special significance for the global climate. Therefore this needs a very balanced view on both economics and ecologist aspects, as a treaty system like the Antarctic Treaty System does not exist for the Northern Polar Region.
My intention with this blog is to build a bridge and stimulate a more direct communication between the Polar Research and the Business World for an ongoing process of more precise forecasts of the climate change and to support the adjustment of business strategies of companies considering the climate change.
As McKinsey published in December 2007, “fully 60 percent of the global executives surveyed regard climate change as strategically important. Fewer companies, however, act on these opinions”. A much stronger understanding and link of this two world Polar Research and Business may could help to improve this situation. The Business World can only understand and leverage the results from Research, if there is a certain level of understanding of the complexity und interpretability without a “political” layer in between.
To support this initiative I will aim, as the expedition leader, together with my partner, Andre Felbrich, to cross the Greenland Ice Sheet from East to West. The expedition will be executed “by fair means”, i.e. without any logistical support from the outside using ski, pulkas (men hauled sleds) and snow-kites. The Route will start on April 17, 2008 in Isortoq, East Greenland (N65°32′ W38°59′) via Tasiilaq (Ammassalik). The arrival will be in Kangerlussuaq via the Point 660 (N67°09′ W50°03′). The distance to cover will be approximately 600 km.
During the icecap crossing we will collect data and send regular podcast to this blog so others can follow along. In parallel, I have asked some of my colleagues from IBM and scientists in Polar Research to contribute some of their thinking to this dialog.
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