I've quit my job and gone to Greenland...it still sounds a bit strange saying it out loud but I'm getting used to it. Looking out at the islands and cliffs dotted in between a landscape of icebergs I'm definitely certain that I have no regrets.
While we wait for Jane to arrive myself and Colin got dropped off on Umiasugssuk in what has to be the most beautiful camping spot that either of us has ever been in. A real wilderness experience with just us, icebergs and a sat phone that is having issues with the cliffs all around. At 2am, as the boat came up the fjord, to drop us off, I was getting psyched for finally getting on some Greenlandic rock. A ridge line caught my eye, so in the morning we set off for it across some very interesting scrambling terrain. The ridge itself wasn't very sustained but provided us with a great introduction to climbing here. As we got higher the Upernavik ice fjord came into view and we could see the glacier all the way up onto the main Greenland iced sheet. We climbed the whole 400m+ of the ridge in about 5 hours at about HVS 5b, fairly easy terrain, but very enjoyable! At the top we came across our next challenge, getting back down. No option looked particularly good, with steep cliffs or steep rock and snow filled gullies on all sides. The South side gully that we did go with gave us steep scree, snow fields and abseils off rock spikes, snow bollards and down water falls before we made it back to reasonably horizontal ground.