More new climbs in Greenland by Favresse, Villanueva, Wertz, Jaruta
The second report by Nicolas Favresse who in the Kangertigtivatsiaq Fjord in Greenland has established another 5 new big walls with Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, Jean-Louis Wertz and Aleksej Jaruta.
Winter is knocking on our door here in Greenland. It snowed yesterday and in the morning the sea is occasionally covered in a small layer of ice. According to Sean the swimming conditions are getting better and better! The days are also quickly getting shorter and each climb a bit colder than the previous one. After 45 days on our own wandering around the Kangertigtivatsiaq fjord, we were very happy to see the sailboat Kamak pop up on the horizon to bring us back to luxury and hopefully also back across the Atlantic.
Since our last update sent by kayak with our friends, we have had other visits at our camp. Maxwell and Sasha, the two foxes who visited us regularly, offered great entertainment and helped keep our camp clean. We for our part managed to keep pretty busy with the unlimited adventure potential of the area. Thanks to our kayaks we could access deeper into the fjord and launch ourselves on glaciers leading to other walls. We put up 5 more climbs in alpine style on five different features around here. To our knowledge, four of these were completely virgin, providing a great level of adventure but also a unique explorational mindset. Each time we reached a new summit, although we got a great level of satisfaction, we couldn’t help ourselves from noticing walls which looked slightly nicer just a bit further on, a bit like the grass looking greener on the other side of the fence.
Beside his outstanding climbing skills, Aleksej impressed the whole team even more with how quickly he learnt how to make Belgian fries, helping us recharge faster between each climb. And although Jean-Louis had planned to stick to his job as a videographer / photographer, he found the inspiration to reawaken his previous climbing career and joined us with his climbing shoes on several climbs. Sean made sure to show us the way to enlightenment and not to soften up with his daily meditation, Thai Chi and morning baths. As for myself, as the expedition leader I had the tough task of writing you these lines.
All the team is now looking forward to a stormy passage back across the Atlantic!
All the best!
The team thanks: Patagonia, SCARPA, Petzl, Arkose, Julbo, Lyofood, Samaya, Reel rock, Totem, Alien, Pepite fruits secs, Grade 7 Equipment, Highsports Gothenburg and the Belgian Alpine Club for their crucial help making this adventure possible!