GREENLAND 2002 -
DISPATCH 2 6/19/2002
The Otter Has
This is the
Greenland 2002 NHN expedition reporting in via sat
phone. We have arrived at the Niels Holgersen
Nunatakker having flown in via Constable Point on
the coast. We flew in over unforgettable Scorsby
Sund, the longest and largest fjord in the world.
The pack ice was just beginning to break up and
icebergs were drifting out to sea.
The geology of
this place is just amazing. Each range that we
flew over was like a great single vein of rock
with different colors, patterns and complexities.
And much of it is extremely old. Scientists
recently discovered the earth's oldest known rock
here - approximately 3.8 million years old.
established our base camp on a unnamed glacier in
the NHN range of mountains. There is no record of
anyone having set foot here before. The
temperature has been hovering around 10 below and
lower with wind chill. It is "day time" now, but
we will have the benefit of 24 hour sunlight. The
Twin Otter set us down at our chosen site, which
is at the center of the great snowy plateau. To
the west there are a few striking peaks lying on
the very edge of the Greenland icecap.
To the northwest
there are a series of large but more rounded
peaks. And finally to the east, there are a number
of attractive summits including one, very large
jagged pyramid, which is quite fetching.
We have already
completed a small ski survey of the area, and are
looking forward to climbing a number of peaks very
soon. There should be some exciting news to report
in the next day or so. Stay tuned! David Keaton
2002 - Niels Holgersen Nunatakker Introduction