Maniitsoq

We left Nuuk Fjord in thick fog and motored north towards Maniitsoq, we anchored 35nm south in an eerie abandoned fishing village and after a days exploring there we sailed for Uummannassauq (Kin of Sal) to explore potential routes. Our friend Trystan climbed here with Bid on Dodos Delight in 2013 so looked like a good chance of finding good rock. We attempted one big route at e3 but backed off because of loose rock, we also climbed bunch of single pitch stuff.

Nuuk Fjord

After 3 days in Nuuk we headed out inland in search of climbing in the 50 mile Fjord behind Nuuk. We anchored initially in the S bay on Storø 15nm from Nuuk . This spot we read of in the RCC arctic pilot and proved to be a brilliant anchorage with jaw dropping views and tonnes of climbing potential. We settled for an easier slabby route 7 pitches at an approximate grade of HVS. It is hard to impress the scale of this place, everything is big. Huge in fact. Our first new route in Greenland: The North Atlantic Bakeoff HVS 7 pitches starting with easy slab climbing leading to steeper crack systems with climbing easily as good as any classic Cornish VS. Solid rock and good gear. The ground becomes less steep above and rock quality deteriorates we scrambled down to the right of the line to escape.

Final Preparations and Mallaig Departure

After a week spent in Mallaig taking on fuel, food and water we are all itching to get going. The crew has all arrived and we are just about to enjoy a final pint ashore before departing tomorrow morning with an estimated 20 days to cross to Nuuk. It is our hope to stay fairly self sufficient for food during our time in Greenland which has lead to a fairly hefty shopping bill… (7 trolleys)

Stats:

250l Drinking water

200l Diesel

10kg Coffee

60l Wine

500m Climbing rope

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James arrived in Mallaig Wednesday and we spent the following 48h hiding down below from torrential rain

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70 tins of tomatoes, 120 eggs, 50 blocks of cheddar, 40 tins of tuna but only two blocks of jelly…

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Hiding well over a tonne of food inside a 32ft boat with room for 3 people and enough climbing gear to fix ropes over Everest

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New bow plate and 20kg Rocna fitted in Mallaig

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Iridium Satalite phone up and running allowing us to receive weather updates from our shorebased contact Jamie

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Our thank you card to the team at Mallaig Habour who have been beyond helpful with us getting ready for the trip

 

Big thanks to everyone who has helped us out getting ready for the trip, way to many names to name but thank you, it has been very much appreciated.

 

Gabe

Greenland 2019 Preparation

After a winter working down in Cornwall things have come together over the last 2 months to the point at which we are now really, truly, finally, nearly, ready to leave. Preparations, as with any trip, have had their setbacks including Louis one of our main climbers suffering a major injury, forcing him to pull out. But the trip has also had some huge positive help including generous grants from the Scot Polar institute, the Arctic Club, the Royal Cruising Club and the Mount Everest Fund. This has been a huge bonus to the trip and allowed us to buy the best safety kit, medical supplies and insurance, and hopefully puts us closer to achieving our goal. The objective remains the same, to approach the West Coast of Greenland by sea and attempt to seek out and climb new rock routes along the west coast.

Winter work and preparation on Safe Arrival:

New fibreglass sprayhood: miserable itchy work, thanks to all that helped!

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New radar, GPS, AIS and chartplotter system up and running:

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Scrubbed and antifouled in Mylor, Cornwall:

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Having left Cornwall in early May the boat is now in Mallaig, Scotland awaiting the rest of her crew and supplies for the crossing to Greenland. It is estimated we will take 20days to cross (1800nm) (all being well!) with a planned arrival time in Nuuk around mid June. Photographs below from the voyage north from Falmouth to Mallaig.

Paradise in Porth Cressa, Scilly. A very hard place to leave:

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Rounding Kintyre, an amazing feeling to be back in Scottish waters:

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Tied up alongside the mothership, Eda Frandsen, in Mallaig:

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Estimated departure date from Mallaig around the 27th of May, more to follow!