/ NEW ARTICLE: TRIP REPORT: West Coast of Greenland
During July this year the team of Jacob Cook, Tom Codrington, Ian Faulkner and Peter Hill set out on an adventurous expedition to the west coast of Greenland. The plan: spend six weeks attempting first ascents on the huge granite walls rising out of the sea. The trip was a success, Jacob Cook reports:
Our floating base and transport for the trip was provided by the 38’ yacht The Cosmic Dancer, with skipper Clive Woodman and partner Angela Lilienthal.
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=5840
Some stunning photos, especially that ice arch! Brilliant stuff.
What also amases me is that you have opened up some new climbing areas with apperantly solid/reasonably good rock outside of the more known climbing areas. I had great joy in trying to locate your Ivnarssuaq Wall. But it must on the Nussuaq Peninsular southeast of the settlement Ikerasak. With Uummannaq Island out in the horizon.
I have flown past Uummannak Mountain a few time in helicopter scutinizing the walls for lines. To read now that you found the rock solid gives me great hope for the future of climbing close Uummannaq, possibly the prettiest town in Greenland! It can be reached in one day by air from Copenhagen - so you don't nessesarily have to go by sailboat (even if it looks damn nice and Tilman-like...!).
I hope you have posted your report to Lindsay Griffin of Mountain Info! But I presume he reads UKC as well!
All the best, Michael.
As a matter of interest, some of the rock looks very layered and not really granite-like. is it in fact gneiss (or something else?).
I know what you mean it does 'look' quite metamorphic.
Not much granite as such in Greenland, in fact only in South Greenland. But the gneiss still looks nice and enjoyable!
Inspirational stuff - well done!
One of the best I've read on UKC, or anywhere for that matter.
good write up, cheers boss
This sort of climbing is very, very, committing. Sounds like you mastered that commitment and got it done.
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Thanks all for comments!
Michael, thanks for the enthusiasm and v happy to share some more beta on ivnarssuaq. Unfortunately your map puts it in the wrong place; Ivnarssuaq is marked on the red saga maps and is much closer to ikerasak. You're right about it being on Nugssuaq peninsula though! We'll put together a map shortly.
> Not much granite as such in Greenland, in fact only in South Greenland. But the gneiss still looks nice and enjoyable!
I thought the Staunings Alps in E Greenland were granite ? They certainly look like it.
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