Rarely does the opportunity arise for modern adventurers to use dogs on the major expeditions and in May of this year Mike O’ Shea & Clare O’ Leary have been afforded the opportunity to cross the Greenland Ice Cap from West to East using dogs.
The duo are continuing their Ice Project of crossing all the major Ice Caps around the world, and this Expedition will provide them with the one opportunity of working with a dog team on their crossing as it is only practical to walk or kite the remaining expeditions.
A team of 6 adventurers will attempt the crossing starting on the 5th of May and hope to complete the journey in under 25 days, Greenland is the second largest ice mass outside of Antartica, and their journey is just under 600km and gaining a max altitude of 2500m.
The other members of the team hail from the UK, USA and Norway and the team will meet up in Greenland in early May to finalise preparing their equipment and food. As the ice Cap is extremely difficult to access, the team will initially focus on accessing the Ice Cap, which is getting more difficult due to the extreme melting that is taking place each year, this can take between 3 and 7 days on foot before the team will take to Ski’s to continue with the rest of the crossing.
Greenland is notorious for its strong winds and devastating storms, temperatures will reach a low of -30, and all of the team have a wealth of experience to deal with all that Greenland can through at it.
Full Blog from the expedition here : http://theiceproject.org/wp/index.php/category/greenland/