The mountains of Greenland have a lot to offer for the adventurous traveller. Whether you're a beginner or you've been climbing mountains your whole life, there are trails and rock faces that you can take advantage of. A leisurely climb up the mountain, or a challenging scale of cliff face? It's entirely up to you!
For the most part, mountaineering in Greenland is done from June through September, but the prime time for this trip is in July or August, mainly due to extended daylight rather than the temperature. Make sure you set aside several days for your adventure ... you'll encounter much to discover through the mountains and you don't want to sell yourself short of a great experience. Be ready to change plans on a whim, though - Greenland weather can be unpredictable, causing you to shelter for a day before continuing your journey.
With the warm weather of the summer, it's not usually necessary to dress for snow ... despite the snow-caps of the mountains. In fact, a warm sweater or light jacket is usually enough. The less you have to carry, the easier it will be for you to complete your trek. Wear sturdy boots with good treads.
The equipment you carry needs to be relevant to the terrain. Consider ice, snow, and rock in your packing itinerary. Long rope, ice picks, and anchoring devices are essential.
Remember that you'll be carrying everything you need on your back, so keep it in mind when packing food. Freeze dried or ration packs are small, compact, and easy to use, although not the tastiest of meals. It's all about the adventure, though. Make sure you carry a good supply of clean drinking water.
Your shelter will consist of a small tent, your bed will be a sleeping bag - things you can carry. While it may seem uncomfortable to sleep without a pillow, remind yourself that it's one more thing you need to carry. Learn to improvise - a rolled up sweater can double as a pillow, if you really need it.
There are a few keys things to be aware of before you set out on your trip:
- If you can't carry it, don't bring it. Before you leave try carrying your pack around with you throughout the day and see if you can take the weight. If not, find ways to scale it down.
- Beware the bugs. While there may not be too many insects on the chilly peaks, there are many surrounded the lower parts of the mountain - mosquitoes are ever-present. Arm yourself with insect repellent and citronella.
- Create a plan in case a member of your party gets injured. Who will go for help? Who will stay behind? Do you have the necessary medical supplies on hand to treat the injury? Focus on possibilities such as slips and falls or allergic reactions to the local greenery.
- Set up an itinerary and share it with someone back home. If something happens and you can't get help, you'll want someone to have an idea of where to look if you fail to return. Create time blocks in which you need to check-in.
With some common-sense planning, your adventure can be successful, enjoyable, and memorable.
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