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A holiday in Greenland 1968.
by gaffr » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:09 pm
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A flight was booked from Glasgow to Keflavik and after an overnight in Reykjavik in Iceland an old beaten up Dakota would take us to the landing strip at Mestersvig. When approaching Iceland we could see the cooling down wee island of Surtsey that had exploded out of the sea a few years earlier. I believe that now there is vegetation and some animal life now living on the island.
Very different days when using aircraft then....entry to the Boeing jet was through a large door at the rear of the plane and during the flight we could at take turns at seeing the flight from a Pilots view.
The Munich folks had a problem during the walk to this camp when the lost some kit and a tent during a stream crossing. The orange tent seen in the previous image was lent to them for the trip.
We made our way back to Danish Base to meet up with the rest of the groups...had a meal at the Base after which we were ready for the return to Iceland.
Such a big area that we, during our time there, made connections with just two of the groups operating in the area and a pleasant meeting with a Scottish group when close to the base with a few of the SMC folks who shared some of their fine rations with us.
by Alteknacker » Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:28 pm
I really enjoyed this report - thanks for posting.
by dav2930 » Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:49 pm
by johnkaysleftleg » Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:56 pm
by litljortindan » Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:39 am
by gaffr » Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:45 am
In recent times I have read of the ascent of a fierce looking ridge on Dansketinde made by the Scottish based guide JP and some friends....perhaps, I am nor sure, with an approach using the Viking glacier?
I see that there was a post recently with reference to WH Murray. I never met the gentleman but I did know that he had sketched out the words for Mountaineering Scotland while in a prisoner of war camp in North Africa and had the written material confiscated while in the camp. I guess that what is the text for the Book was written when back in Scotland.
We did meet a major member of the 'Murray group' when in Glasgow airport when Bill MacKenzie was there 'seeing folks off'....I think that he had something to do with some of the arrangements for the trip My observations of this gentleman fitted the description that I had read about him being 'as wiry and lean as a courtyard cat' ....he looked fiercely tough.