Posted: Jul 31, 2013 03:40 pm EDT
(By Correne Coetzer) A team of 10 adventurers has departed from the UK to East Greenland for a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) expedition in Greenland waters. They will be paddling north up the Sermilik Fjord towards two glaciers that feed ice into the fjord. Along the route the team will have to negotiate the numerous icebergs along the 90-100 km Fjord and will camp on the water's edge each night. The logistical support and backup during the expedition is provided by Svante Strand's Newland AS.
The initial idea for the trip was to do something that would capture the imagination of the public through dramatic scenery and images, Justin Miles told ExplorersWeb. "The trip to Greenland is just one part of a much larger project which has been fundraising for charities, promoting the work of the 'Canals and Rivers Trust', encouraging people to get active and working in with my education program."
They chose the location partly because of the scenery and largely because it gave them a defined start and finish point, he explained.
"Taking paddleboards in to this type of location is very new. Since we announced the start of the project almost two years ago a few people have 'had a go' in cold weather areas around Canada."
"Because it's such a new development, it really is a case of trying out equipment. Although some would think that kayak kit would suffice, travelling on a SUP generates far more heat because the entire body is working through every stroke."
The challenges will be to see how inflatable boards cope with floating ice, Justin said, "finding out the best combination for clothing (we're starting with drysuits with thermal layers) and, of course, trying out different footwear combinations."
"We've chosen inflatable boards which are easier to transport and offer a great deal of resilience against 'bumps'. The boards that we're taking (Coreban) are quite wide offering a great level of stability and height from the water (keeping feet dry)."
The team members are:
Temperatures in the area for the next 5 days are forecasted as 6°C dropping to 3 degrees.
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