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ICEMAN Arctic Adventure Race & Mountaineering Expedition to Liverpool Land in Greenland

Expedition Logistics – My Gear List

 

Personal gear

  • Expedition Rucksack / Kit Bag
  • Small Day Sack
  • Waterproof bags / Plastic Zip Bags
  • Waterproof Documents Bag / Holder

 

  • Tent
  • Tent Mini-Thermometer
  • Snow Pegs (14 per tent)
  • 2mm Foam Tent Floor Insulation
  • Foam Sleeping Mattress (layer 1)
  • Inflatable Mattress (layer 2)
  • Repair Kit for Inflatable Mattress
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Inflatable seat / pillow
  • Eye shield / Ear Plugs

 

  • Glacier Glasses (100% uva/uvb)
  • Snow Goggles (100% uva/uvb)
  • Sun Hat
  • Normal Set Of Clothes
  • Thin Thermal Liner Socks
  • Thick Ski / Mountain Socks
  • Sports / Thermal Underwear
  • Thin Thermal Trouser Underwear
  • Thin Thermal Shirt Underwear
  • Warm / Fleece Salopettes
  • Mid Layer Thermal Fleece / Shirt
  • Outer Layer Thermal Fleece
  • Windproof Breathable Salopettes
  • Insulated Down Jacket
  • Windproof/Waterproof Outer Shell Jacket
  • Thin Thermal Liner Gloves
  • Windproof Ski / Fleece Gloves
  • Expedition Mittens / Gloves
  • Full Face Balaclava
  • Warm / Fleece Hat
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Hiking Boots
  • Sorel extreme winter snow boots
  • Spare Boot Laces

 

  • 1 litre Metal Thermos Flask
  • Water Bottle (+ insulation)
  • Food Bowl
  • Insulated Drinking Mug / Cup
  • Spoon & Knife

 

  • Total Sun Block
  • Lip Cream
  • Nivea / Vaseline
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste / Comb
  • Mini Pack Towel
  • Baby Wipes / Cleansing Tissues
  • Razor
  • Pee Bottle
  • Personal First Aid Kit

 

Technical gear

  • Knife / Multi-tool
  • Ice Axe
  • Ice Hammer
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Avalanche Transceiver
  • Screw Gate Karabiners (personal) x5
  • Karabiners
  • Dyneema slings
  • Ice Screws
  • Pulleys
  • Petzl Tibloc
  • Prussiks
  • Helmet

 

  • Skis / Poles / Bindings / Boots
  • Ski Bag
  • Skins (with tip/tail fixes) or Short (kicker) Skins
  • Glide Wax
  • Skin Glue and Applicator
  • Full Set Of Ski & Binding Spares

 

Electronics

  • Altimeter Watch
  • Topographic maps
  • Compass
  • Small Binoculars
  • GPS
  • GPS Batteries
  • SPOT
  • SPOT Batteries
  • Cameras / Gopro/ Spare Batteries
  • Headlampd x2
  • Headlampd batteries
  • USB data / charging cables
  • Solar Panel

 

Accessories

  • Passport
  • Flight Vouchers
  • Insurance Documents
  • Currency
  • Credit Card
  • Diary / Pen / Note Book / Books
  • Leatherman multi-tool knife
  • Waterproof matches and candle
  • Zip ties
  • Whistle

 

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ARTIC MOUNTAINEERING EXPEDITION – 1 month to go!

Polar Training for prospective North & South Pole expeditions and Greenland Icecap crossings, followed by Arctic Mountaineering expedition to Liverpool Land.

The “climbing” icons represent potential targets for first winter climbs of virgin peaks or with very few repetitions.

The “tent” icons represent potential locations to set up camps for drop off and pick up in the glaciers, as well as a high camp in the Bjerring Pedersens icecap which will be crossed during our exploratory search for alpine peaks and virgin summits

The emphasis on this Polar Training will be on gaining good all round winter Arctic and polar experience and learning to operate safely whilst ski touring and pulk sledge hauling. The course will involve fantastic opportunities to travel on a variety of terrain including frozen fjords, icecaps, glaciers, valleys and sea ice. The small and dedicated team will pull pulks throughout the expedition and be camping in full snow and winter conditions, following Iceman Polar Race.

Once the training is completed on the first week, a small and dedicated team will depart from Constable Point by snowmobile with an aim to establish base camp in the Sødal valley where easy access can be gained on to the Bjering Pedersens icecap. This high icecap offers access to numerous peaks with unparalleled views of other alpine summits, glaciers and the ice berg studded east coast. Camping will be in full snow and winter conditions throughout for the remaining of the three week’s expedition.

The beauty of the area is that there isn’t any climbing history, guidebooks or detailed maps. It’s true exploratory mountaineering in its purest form. The more obvious summits have been climbed, but only by their easiest routes, so anything other than that will be a first ascent. There are hundreds of routes in the region, so plenty to go at! We’ll probably want to climb the high peak of Korsbjerg as well.

 

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Artic Mountaineering and Bolivian Peaks: 2 months to go!

It´s been a long time since I set off for my last mountaineering challenge, 12Km in 12Days, back in July 2014… Today marks the countdown for a new double challenge starting in the Artic and finishing in Bolivia.

Exactly two months from today, I’ll set off to Reykjavik from my second home in Madrid. From there I’ll transfer to Akureyri in Iceland, where I’ll meet my expedition leader and partners before we board a small airplane that will take us to our Artic playground: The Liverpool Land peninsula in eastern GREENLAND! One week of Polar Training for prospective North & South Pole expeditions and Greenland Icecap crossings, followed by two week’s Arctic Mountaineering expedition in Liverpool Land. Our aim is to stablish base camp in the Sødal valley where easy access can be gained on to the Bjering Pedersens icecap. This high icecap offers access to numerous peaks with unparalleled views of other alpine summits, glaciers and the ice berg studded east coast, and offers the opportunity for rare ski and mountaineering ascents of remote arctic summits in this amazing and rarely visited region of the High Arctic. We are looking to climb some virgin peaks, as well as opening new routes in classics such as Tvillingerne or Korsbjerg.

Two months later I’ll be conquering some of the most spectacular peaks in Cordillera Real in Bolivia, home to more than 600 peaks over 5000m. My plan is to conquer 6 peaks in 12 days. My 12km in 12Days challenge in 2014 was an unforgettable experience, where I met my friend Walter George, AGMP/UIAGM Mountain Guide in Peru, and we aimed to climb two 6000m peaks in twelve days. This year we are aiming to climb CERRO AUSTRIA, PIRAMIDE BLANCA, PEQUEÑO ALPAMAYO, CABEZA DE CONDOR, HUAYNA POTOSI, and the jewel crown ILLIMANY! All six peaks ranging from 5320m to 6438m, just in twelve days.

I’ve been quite busy working out all logistics and setting up an ambitious training plan, considering I’ve been in the dry docks for about two years now. Today the start of my training plan kicks off, and I’ll be posting some interesting stuff in my Facebook page and blog, for those friends interested on learning more about mountaineering and how to train for challenges in the Artic, Bolivia, or anywhere else in this wonderful planet we call HOME.

 

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