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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 28-05-19 23:03
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@Arno enjoying it very much indeed. {IMG2390_3383_right} A traditional Greenlandic naming ceremony was held that afternoon back at base. It involved a reindeer pelt, a pair of moonboots, a reindeer hoof, a sea eagle skull, a pair of sea eagle talons and some G&T. I daren't provide the photographic evidence.
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Tue 28-05-19 22:59
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Rian following: I managed to actually get him looking at the fjord in the distance. {IMG2390_3382_right}
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Tue 28-05-19 22:58
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@offpisteskiing opening the aptly-named 'Christy's Couloir': not steep but one hell of a location. {IMG2390_3381_right}
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Tue 28-05-19 22:54
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Although the peak has most probably seen footfall, the couloir below it certainly hadn't. The only recorded skiers in the valley had been an Italian group who had explored the glacial bowl but not the peaks surrounding it. Team selfie before bagging a first known descent 8) {IMG2390_3380_right}
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Tue 28-05-19 22:51
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@offpisteskiing surveying the emptiness. {IMG2390_3379_right}
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Tue 28-05-19 22:51
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Views from the summit were fairly spectacular 8) {IMG2390_3378_right}
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Tue 28-05-19 22:50
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We had to fight for this one: several hours of hiking, skinning and bootpacking to reach our top out at 1138m. The terrain amid the old glacier was pretty awesome: this peak had been carved out by a long-gone ice sheet. For scale, the blip to the right of the snow-rock interface, just above the foreground horizon is Jason skinning up ahead. {IMG2390_3377_right}
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Tue 28-05-19 22:46
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Day 4: The sun was back so another big day planned. We headed back SE across the fjord to a perma-nevé valley adjacent to day 2. Early morning light pretty decent again. This time a 5am start as the temperatures were rising again. {IMG2390_3376_right}
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Sun 26-05-19 10:01
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An early return to base provided the opportunity to fiddle about with the wide angle lens. Plus the sun came out, which helped. {IMG2390_3373_right}
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Sun 26-05-19 10:00
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Sun 26-05-19 10:00
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Sun 26-05-19 9:59
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Day 4 started overcast, trapping the previous day's warmth. This made climbing conditions 'interesting' and we were beaten back from plan A by unstable sugar snow, wet rock slabs and poor vis. Our high point was a summit at only 644m but afforded a decent (if short) ski nonetheless. Here's @offpisteskiing making the most of it. {IMG2390_3370_right}
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Thu 23-05-19 21:32
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Sunset happened at some point in the late hours - I got bored at about 9:30pm: {IMG2390_3366_right}
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Thu 23-05-19 21:30
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Finally, after 20km and 1500m vert of climbing and skiing and 8 hours since leaving the sleds, we arrived back at the fjord. Hut is on the far bank of the fjord in the distance. {IMG2390_3365_right}
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 23-05-19 21:29
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The clouds finally opened up just in time for the final descent. Here's a view looking west down the fjord to the open sea 15km away. You can just about make out where the ice meets the open sea. {IMG2390_3364_right}
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Thu 23-05-19 21:27
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Having descended, we donned skins and lugged our way up to the peak on the opposite side of the bowl, just out of shot on the right of the above pic. The inversion made for some surreal minimalist views. {IMG2390_3363_right}
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Thu 23-05-19 21:25
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Skiing the 'left tusk' of Walrus peak in perfect (again) spring snow. {IMG2390_3362_right}
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Thu 23-05-19 21:24
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A good few hours in and the view from top of our first line on Walrus peak at about 1200m. {IMG2390_3361_right}
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Thu 23-05-19 12:56
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Thu 23-05-19 7:35
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Thu 23-05-19 7:34
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Climbing through the inversion on an ancient glacier (now permanent nevé) towards 'Walrus peak' and our line 'left tusk'. {IMG2390_3356_right}
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Wed 22-05-19 23:53
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Dramatic interplay of light and shade as the sun cast deep blue shadows of the peaks onto the cloud below. A bit GoT. {IMG2390_3355_right}
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Wed 22-05-19 23:52
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Over the next half hour, the cloud thickened considerably but it started to become clear there was an inversion forming so hope of good weather on the peaks. Packing the skidoos for the 1km crossing of the fjord to our start point. {IMG2390_3353_right}
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Wed 22-05-19 23:49
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Day 3 kicked off with the first taste of cloud hanging over the peaks we were intending to climb and ski. {IMG2390_3352_right}
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Wed 22-05-19 12:08
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Thanks all. Day 3 subject to a day’s delay whilst the excellent weather draws me away from my laptop...
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Tue 21-05-19 23:15
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Shameless plug and terrible cross-posting etiquette aside, if anyone has a vague interest in our recent ski touring / ski mountaineering trip to western Greenland, there's a thread / pics here: https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=147762 {IMG2390_3351_right}
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Mon 20-05-19 22:09
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We climbed again to attempt to so-called 'Musk Ox Couloir' but the entrance had melted out and with no sensible anchors, abseiling was out of the question. A quick pano of the fjord and a mellow ski back to the hut on very spring-like snow for mid afternoon aprés ski. {IMG2390_3350_right}
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Mon 20-05-19 22:06
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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 20-05-19 22:05
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After 4 flights, 2 nights in hotels, 30km on a boat, 12km on a skidoo and a 1000m climb, it was finally time to start skiing! It was no surprise that the Springsnowfinder General got us perfectly timed spring skiing amongst spectacular orange rock walls. Bang on. {IMG2390_3348_right}
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Mon 20-05-19 22:02
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The snow was still firm so boot crampons and, further up as the slope kicked, axe in hand required. {IMG2390_3347_right}
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Mon 20-05-19 21:53
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In the guts of the couloir... {IMG2390_3346_right}
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Mon 20-05-19 21:52
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@arno on the climb. The hut is out of view on the near edge of the fjord. {IMG2390_3345_right}
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Mon 20-05-19 21:51
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Our first objective was 'Destiny Couloir' (first skied 2 years ago by another British Guide also hosted by Andy and Janice, hence named after their yacht). Here's @offpisteskiing approaching the foot of the line. {IMG2390_3344_right}
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Mon 20-05-19 21:47
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Day 2: Getting skiing. The sun rose at 4am and set at 10:30pm*. That gave the snow a lot of time to cook off so it was a 5:30am start each day. This photo was taken at 5:20 when the sun was already reasonably high. {IMG2390_3343_right} * There was no 'night' or even a proper twilight. The sun sets just below the horizon and at midnight it's much like an eerie overcast day.
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Mon 20-05-19 20:43
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@Whitegold, yes, unseasonably high temps (9 deg.C when we arrived - boardies and flip flops on day 1) and a naturally thin snowpack means that as soon as some of the ground is exposed, it goes very quickly. Fortunately, the couloirs were well filled in and we had perfect spring snow down to 100 - 400m depending upon aspect. We could often ski to the beach whilst at worst a 250m down climb over heather.
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Mon 20-05-19 10:24
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Sun 19-05-19 22:31
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Bonus day 1 material: view from the hut showing reflections in meltwater sitting on top of the ice. {IMG2390_3341_right}
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Sun 19-05-19 21:07
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Sun 19-05-19 21:06
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One happy team together with our hosts, Andy and Janice from Yacht Destiny, installed in the hut. {IMG2390_3340_right}
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Sun 19-05-19 21:00
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Looking SE towards the main area we would ski. {IMG2390_3339_right}
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