The long descent has begun
Published on 25.04.2008 - The TisoTransGreenland Expedition
Despite the bad weather, the two men are making steady progress across the Greenland icecap.
Up until 20th April, Alex Hibbert and George Bullard had had to contend with a long, tough climb up the Greenland plateau. Their sledges were heavy and visibility was often reduced to permanent white-out conditions. From time to time they have also had to deal with areas of sastruggi, but the biggest handicap to their progress has been the weight of their sledges.
As we have mentioned previously, the reports coming back from the men have been laconic, to say the least, with a maximum of a line and a half of text a day, so it has not been easy to gain an accurate idea of the precise conditions that Hibbert and Bullard are having to deal with. For example, on Sunday 13th April, Hibbert wrote: "We have now reached an altitude of 7020 feet, but had to cope with nightmarish terrain throughout the climb..." Trouble is, he doesn't give any details of the conditions that caused the nightmare.
So since 21st April, the two men have begun the long descent that will take them towards the west coast of Greenland. They are currently averaging about ten miles a day.