Paddles with an Anas acuta...... unashamedly biased toward the sea kayak of that name (actually the voyages of two boats, one 'traffic over gold', one 'quill')

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Greenland 2017 -hiking

 As well as cold we had plenty of wind -always a good excuse to go hiking

 and what hiking, a frozen river...
 valleys running up to tongues of the ice cap (arctic poppies making a guest appearance)
hiking above the tongue of the ice cap
 a glacier tongue runs out into moraines and rubble
 and the final dirty end
 hiking in the snow
 fantastic views of land and sea
 eddying clouds
 fjords on a massive scale

 inland valleys
 tiring work...
 discussing the route, no paths here
 snow patches, sometimes steep and hard, sometimes alarmingly soft
 heading back down to the camp
 with Liz

 hill and sea scape with the ice cap always in command -our memory of long days out.

Greenland 2017

 Autumn came early after a cold spring and barely existent summer this year, not at all the warm sunshine of 2015 when we enjoyed a heat wave. Good for our diet.
 But cold paddling on a very cold sea
 Cold camping with wind and snow
Maybe surprisingly this cold was due to warming, warmer humid air was pushing too far north, meeting the cold air over Disco Bay rather than a few hundred miles further south giving us constantly unsettled conditions.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017


Crossing Loch Fyne in mirror calm last week, Arran behind us. It has been a long time since I touched this blog so I've got a lot of catching up to do. Maybe just too much paddling.....