A holiday in Greenland 1968.

Date walked: 01/04/2020

We had the opportunity to join, as a group of five, into the several groups of folks mainly SMC and Ladies climbing Club and few other collections of folks with there own ideas for spending time in Scoresby-land North East Greenland.
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.
0 Camp beside a Fangsyte..jpg
Our first camp out from the Danish base was beside a wee hunters cabin...think that I am right to call it a Fangsyte.
1 The Munich folks at the second walk-in camp..jpg
Fine camping area beside the fjiord.

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.
2 Who needs a tent..jpg
With the fine weather and wood that has probably travelled on the currents with trees washed out into the arctic ocean from USSR?
4 A loaded GT.jpg
We were five in our group...GT, Brian and Willie and with Tony and I.
4 Resting during walk in.jpg
Resting during the walk into the area of Gully Glacier. Our kit and food was taking in on an Avon inflatable with an old Seagull outbourd and the piloting of this craft shared by members of the Five...room an board for just one with the kit.
5 camp close to the glacier snout..jpg
A camp that had to be shifted very quickly after the glacier calved a few lumps of iceberg things....the resulting wave caused us all to act rapidly.
6 A tow for the Welsh boys.jpg
A Welsh group of lads were having some trouble with their engine so a wee bit of help was in order.
7 First camp on the glacier..jpg
Our first camp on Gully Glacier.
8 Edge of glacier travel.jpg
Quite a lot of jinking about to find a reasonable line through.
9 Several unintended inspections of the crevasses.jpg
Part of the game of travelling in these areas.
10 Bend in Gully glacier.jpg
Progress being made towards a second camp on the ice.
13 A peak reached by  JMCS folks during an earlier visit..jpg
17 Norske Tinde Ridge.jpg
Tony and I tried to ascend by a rocky ridge around the corner from the Couloir but did not very far ...three pitches before we realised that we didn't have the skills to push on further.
16 The  Norsketinde couloir..jpg
Our high camp with the Couloir seen on Norsketinde behind.
15 extremely tortuous.jpg
14 With the wider crevasses it was posiible to get inside and then climb out..jpg
20 Brian roping up for the couloir..jpg
Brian getting roped up for the Couloir.
22 View from the summit ridge of Norske Tinde.jpg
View from the summit ridge.
21 close to the summit of Norsketinde..jpg
Close to the summit of Norseketinde
23 Roping down on Norske Tinde to get back onto the Couloir. (2).jpg
Roping down off the summit area back into the Couloir.
24 Brian and Willie beside King Oscar Fjiord.jpg
Brian and willie back at the Fjiord camp.
26 Gully Glacier reaches the Fjiord.jpg
Willie and I crossed over the Fjiord to have a look at a small peak on the far side of the area where the glacier reached the water.
27 Exploring.jpg
A bit of exploring.
29 Viking glacier.jpg
Brian and I made our way up to the Viking glacier to get to a small snow peak.
30 Scoresbyland camp.jpg
The sort out at a camp beside the Fjiord.

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 in the area and a pleasant meeting when close to the base with a few of the SMC folks who shared some of their fine rations with us.

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