Alpine Climbing Expedition
Travel to the remote northern ranges of Liverpool Land where stunning snow-covered mountains await you on this fifteen day alpine climbing expedition. Climb first and second ascents on snow, glaciers and rocky ridges in a rarely visited area of the Arctic.
We’ll begin the alpine climbing expedition with a half day snowmobile journey from Constable Point up Carlsberg Fjord to the drop off location. From here, we’ll trek inland to establish a base camp location high up in the mountains, close to our initial objectives.
Days out of this base camp will be spent climbing in a small group on nearby peaks, many of which are unclimbed and un-named, or have only been climbed once before. Climbing will vary from non-technical snow ascents to more involved rocky ridges and faces. There will be an opportunity to move base camp to a second location if this suits potential objectives better.
Expect summit days of 7-9 hours. Early April in Liverpool Land can mean overnight temperatures down to -25°C, with daytime highs usually around -15°C, although these can rise higher. There will be 6 – 9 hours of darkness through your trip, with a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights at the start.
Day 1: Team meets in Akureyri, Iceland for the flight to Constable Point. Here you will be greeted by GELCO staff.
Day 2: A day of training and kit checks at Constable Point will enable all participants to feel fully prepared for the adventure ahead.
Day 3: Snowmobile transport to northern Liverpool Land.
Day 4: Establish base camp high up in the mountains.
Days 5 – 13: Climb first and second ascents of nearby mountains.
Day 14: Snowmobile pick up and transport to Constable Point.
Day 15: Return flight to Iceland.
Participants should be fit and capable of 5-8 hour mountain days with a 10-15kg pack. You should have no significant knee or back problems.
On non-technical terrain, you can choose to travel by either ski or snowshoe. Skiers should be strong intermediate level, able to ski red runs in variable conditions. No previous snowshoe experience is required. Basic winter climbing knowledge is required, including the use of a harness, tying into a climbing rope, belaying a leader and using crampons and ice axes.
Prior camping experience is preferred but not essential, as full training will be given in the use of expedition tents and multifuel stoves. You will be required to cook for yourself.