An expedition just for split boarders! From a base camp in the remote valley of Kalkdal in southern Liverpool Land, you'll explore the surrounding mountains by splitboard. Ascents of rarely climbed mountains will end in sweeping descents down to stunning valleys and frozen lakes.
We'll begin the trip with an hour long snowmobile journey from Tangent's base at Constable Point over the frozen Hurry Fjord to the base camp location in Kalkdal. After setting up a well-equipped base camp, we'll begin exploring the local area.
Mountains will be ascended using splitboards or by bootpacking with crampons and an ice axe, dependent on the terrain. More technical sections may require roping up, under the supervision of your experienced guide. From the summits, you'll be able to snowboard back down to valley level, conditions dependent.
Expect mountain days of 5 to 10 hours, dependent on the objective. Early May in Liverpool Land can mean overnight temperatures down to -20°C, with daytime highs usually around -10°C, although these can rise well above zero. Daytimes are likely to feel warm as the sun reflects off the snow. There will be 24-hour daylight throughout your trip.
Day 1: Team meets in Akureyri, Iceland for the flight to Constable Point. Here you will be greeted by Tangent staff and your guide for the trip will give an initial briefing and training session.
Day 2: Snowmobile transport to the base camp location, with an afternoon spent setting up base camp and exploring the immediate surroundings.
Days 3 - 6: Climb mountains and explore lakes and valleys in the surrounding area.
Day 7: Snowmobile pick up and transport to Constable Point.
Day 8: Return flight to Iceland.
Participants should be moderately fit and capable of 5-8 hour mountain days with a light pack. You should have no significant knee or back problems.
Previous experience of snowboarding is essential, though experience of split boarding is not (but you should use your full splitboard set-up prior to the trip. You should be familiar with avalanche rescue equipment and procedures. Previous glacier travel experience is not required. Participants should be intermediate to advanced level downhill snowboarders, able to ride red/black runs in variable conditions.
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.