The Finns are on their way!

Published on 07.05.2008 - Greenland Northward Expedition 2008

Pete Makela (38) and Pete Vourenmaa (42) left Narsarsuaq on 21st April. Everything is progressing well so far.

Although things couldn't be better for the two Finns, the first few days of their trip were dogged by back luck. It was not until 3rd May – when they were already into day 11 of their trek - that they were finally able to use the traction kite they had been depending on to help them succeed their long south-north journey across Greenland. But, even with the kites, they were only able to cover 7 km on the 28th and 6.1 km two days later on the 30th.

Fortunately, though, travelling conditions have improved since 3rd May, when they covered 63.7 km – using the kites, of course - then 70.1 km the following day, benefiting from a steady southerly wind which blew between 4 and 9 metres per second.

The two men had a day off to rest on 5th May, with Vourenmaa suffering from a minor injury to his knee. Thus far, they have 300 km on the clock.

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