The KMC Greenland Expedition 1994.
Location: Pourquoi-Pas Glacier Area (67°N 36°W)
Patron: The Lord Hunt of Llanfair Waterdine
Expedition Members: Jim Gregson (KMC, Leader), Sandra Gregson (KMC), Graham Harkness (KMC), Andrew Howick (KMC), Alan (L) Jones (KMC), John Starbuck, Lucy Walker (Tangent Expeditions), Paul Walker (Tangent Expeditions)
Grants acknowledged: The Scott Polar Research Institute (Gino Watkins Memorial Fund), The Mount Everest Foundation, The British Mountaineering Council
The expedition was organised as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Karabiner Mountaineering Club (KMC). The original objective was a KMC ascent of Karabiner Fjeld (2000m), a peak in the Stauning Alps, East Greenland (71°38'N 24°59'W), first climbed by John Hunt and named after the Club during his term as Honorary President. Unfortunately this proved impracticable because of expense and logistics. The Club therefore joined up with Tangent Expeditions to explore and make some first ascents in a little known area further to the South, in Schweizerland, which was accessible by chartered aircraft from Kulusuk, the airport serving the small community of Angmagssalik, which is the nearest habitation.
The approach from Kulusuk was by Twin Otter, with specially adapted under-carriage for landing on snow. Travel on the glaciers was accomplished using nordic skis and equipment was transported by pulks (sledges pulled by people). Skins were required for towing heavy loads, except on down hill sections. Steeper ascents were done using normal mountaineering gear. Travel was undertaken at night, as towing pulks becomes particularly hard work when the snow starts to soften in the Sun. Usually, the summits were reached soon after the sun had risen over the horizon. Torches were not needed at that time of year, just North of the Arctic Circle, as the sun dipped just below the horizon for a few hours only.
Base camp was established on the Pourquoi-pas Glacier at 66°40'N 35°49'W with subsidiary camps on un-named glaciers at 66°43'N 35°83'W, 66°41'N 35°35'W and 66°40'N 35°36'W, the latter position not even shown as a glacier on the maps available, but evident on aerial photographs, which tended to be more reliable for navigation. None of the peaks ascended have so far been named. Whilst positions could be determined reasonably accurately using maps, estimates of altitude were more difficult: GPS was not available.
|Name||Lat.||Long.||Height||Members||Date and Notes|
|Peak 1||66°37'N||35°43'W||1500m||All members||25/07/94 - 1st ascent|
|Peak 2||66°42½'N||35°50'W||2200m||JG,SG,AH,JS,LW,PW||28/07/94 - 1st ascent|
|Peak 3||66°43'N||35°46'W||2100m||All members||29/07/94 - 1st ascent|
|Peak 4||66°43'N||35°44'W||2180m||All members||30/07/94 - 1st ascent|
|Peak 5||66°43'N||35°47'W||2080m||JG,SG,AH,LW,PW||31/07/94 - 1st ascent|
|Peak 6||66°42½'N||35°54'W||2000m||GH,AJ,JS||31/07/94 - 1st ascent on ski|
|Peak 7||66°42½'N||35°53½'W||2000m||GH,AJ,JS||31/07/94 - 1st ascent on ski|
|Peak 8||66°40'N||35°34'W||2090m||JG,SG||05/08/94 - 1st British ascent (Swiss ascent 09/08/66)|
|Peak 9||66°41'N||35°32'W||1650m||JG,SG,AH,JS,LW,PW||10/08/94 - 1st ascent|
|Peak 10||66°40'N||35°31'W||2400m||JG,SG,AH,JS,LW,PW||11/08/94 - 1st British ascent (cairn found)|
|Peak 11||66°39¼'N||35°34'W||2000m||GH,AJ||11/08/94 - 1st ascent|
|Peak 12||66°39½'N||35°34'W||1900m||GH,AJ||11/08/94 - 1st ascent|
|Peak 13||66°40'N||35°28'W||2370m||JG,SG||12/08/94 - 1st British ascent (cairn found)|
|Peak 14||66°38'N||35°42'W||1800m||AH,JS||14/08/94 - 1st British ascent (cairn found)|
Expedition Photographs(Click on any picture to see the large version of it).