Yacht Destiny - Simon Christy Ski Tour 7-14 May 2019 - Day 5
11 May 2019 | Sisimiut, West Greenland
Guest Author Rian Shedden (Brian)
After recent warmer weather, team offpisteskiing.com woke to a bluebird day with a heady mix of sun and well-frozen snow (and fjord!). Spurred on by a snoring concerto, Rian was found testing the outdoor sleeping conditions (and spectacular sunrise!).
Despite the freezing conditions, at 6.00am the skidoo drivers (Andy, Jan and Simon) still had to negotiate the tricky tidal pack ice. A 2.5 hour bushwack over heather, icy streams, moraine and treacherous heather....led to a meagre gain 350m above sea level, but also a reindeer leg complete with hoof and hair from Ian's foraging! Early lunch (at 8.30am - don't think jet lag will be an issue!) was required.
Fully fuelled, the team steamed through the next 650m over quick snow under a blazing sun with a welcome stiff breeze to arrive at the bottom of the day's objective, a beautiful red-walled couloir - well, all bar Jason who (driven by some rhythmic beats) detoured via the head of the glacial neve for another 150m vert.
The complete team had a quick sarnie and gulp of water to boot up the couloir and then gain the spectacular summit at pt 1460 with 360 degree views back down the fjord to our hut and out to sea with plenty of icebergs on display. Peak poses and selfies galore were followed by a perfectly timed descent down buttery spring snow, a bone breaking hard traverse and a saunter through the heather for our taxi home (along with beak and complete talons of a deceased white tailed sea eagle).
What. A. Day. Including Shaman Simon blessing the naming of "Christy's Hoof" Couloir in traditional Greenlandic fashion....
PICTURE : Ian skiing Christy's Hoof Couloir, a first descent by the team