American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Greenland, Anglo-Danish Trans-Greenland Expedition

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  • Publication Year: 1972

Anglo-Danish Trans-Greenland Expedition. On April 21 John Anderson, Erik Hjelmar, Sven Poulsson and I left Kulusuk on the east coast on the first stage of a 720-mile sledge journey across the inland icecap. From the air strip at Kulusuk we commenced a 125-mile dog-sledge journey with ten dog teams northwards over the frozen Denmark Strait to the head of the fjord, Kangerdlugssuatsiaq. The Greenlander dog drivers returned to Kungmiut and we began a 55-mile man-hauling sledge trip up the Glacier de France and Paris Glacier to the Inland Ice. Considerable difficulties were encountered on the lower section of the glacier, but Camp 12 was established on the margin of the Inland Ice three weeks after leaving Kangerdlugssuatsiaq. We headed northwest across the Inland Ice on the 435-mile traverse to Nugssuaq on the west coast, which was reached 30 days later, thus completing the longest man-hauled sledge traverse ever made across the Inland Ice. We carried out a programme of weather observations and made a detailed study of snow surface formations for the Danish Geographical Institute.

DEREK FORDHAM, London Graduate Mountaineering Club

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