Greenland Spring Crossing 2022

From May-June 2022, together with Bård Helge Strand from Ousland Explorers, Mardi co-guided an international team of two women and two men on a west to east ski crossing of the Greenland icecap.

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Bård Strand. Senior guide
Mardi Philips Icetrek guide
Mardi Philips. Guide

Trip Summary


#27: The end

2022-06-07 11:31:25pm
We made it, we crossed the Greenland icecap from West to East! Yesterday was an absolute epic of a day! We began skiing at 2am. The sky was stained orange… Continue reading

#26: Home stretch!

2022-06-06 10:58:24am
Well, we are on the home stretch now! It was very windy this morning, so we slept in and left camp at around midday. The surface is icy, so we… Continue reading

#25: Downhill?!

2022-06-05 10:22:03pm
Today was the day we deserved after yesterday’s trudge. The surface had hardened up over night and the glide we had was glorious. The wind picked up a lot over… Continue reading

#24: Trudging

2022-06-04 08:36:21pm
A slog, that’s what today was! We trudged for hours. I use the word trudge as it invokes feelings of thick mud, and that’s what it felt like we were… Continue reading

#23: Windy!

2022-06-03 07:34:45pm
It was super windy this morning, gusting around 80kph, but with a storm coming our way Saturday night we had no choice but to get out and make some distance… Continue reading

#22: Happy birthday Nia!

2022-06-02 12:07:00pm

Another 30km day! The sky was beautiful and clear, we had a tail wind that grew throughout the day, and drift snow that floated across our skis and into the… Continue reading


#21: Sastrugi

2022-06-01 11:37:24am
No wind this morning, what a relief! Everything felt so calm and quiet in comparison to the last few days. The sun was shining, the snow was firm, what a… Continue reading

#20: Almost 30kms!

2022-05-31 12:07:58pm
We woke up to a beautiful sunny morning, with a fresh coating of snow. Often fresh snow can make for slow going, creating drag on the skis and sleds, but… Continue reading

#19: a long day!

2022-05-30 12:32:40pm
The storm lingered longer than we expected, and after pushing back our start a few times already this morning, at almost midday we decided we needed to make a break… Continue reading

#18: Rest day!

2022-05-29 10:41:30am
Snoozed until 10am, watched some Netflix, had a nap, all the things you do on a rest day! This afternoon we gathered in the bigger tent for a ‘summit party’… Continue reading

#17: Skiing through the blizzard

2022-05-28 10:57:07pm
It was a little windier than expected this morning, but never the less we got out, packed up camp and skied into the blizzard! Due to the conditions we structured… Continue reading

#16: biggest day yet!

2022-05-27 12:05:40pm
It was a little windy and cold this morning, so I put my goggles on for the first time this trip! I forgot how good goggles are! So cosy! As… Continue reading

#15: Good day!

2022-05-26 11:18:31am
A cracking day weather wise! It was warm and sunny this morning allowing us an easy start to the day. We cracked 25km today which is a good feeling! The… Continue reading

#14: Day 14

2022-05-25 08:33:48pm
Back to a full day, and we covered just shy of 25km! The wind had shifted and we had a tail wind today which provided some relief for our faces… Continue reading

#13: DYE II

2022-05-24 09:20:03pm
Yesterday was a great day! We slept in again this morning, lounging luxuriously in our sleeping bags. We headed out around 2:30 and began skiing for DYE II, a smudge… Continue reading

#12: Rest and recovery

2022-05-24 12:26:50am
Yesterday, as planned, we had a restful day! Napping, listening to music, recovering, doing little repairs to our gear. By late afternoon the wind had died down, and so we… Continue reading

#11: Day 11

2022-05-22 12:11:42pm
We woke up to a dramatic overcast and windy day this morning, which oddly enough was a very welcome change after 10 days of sunshine and blue skies! The halo… Continue reading

#10: starting to feel it

2022-05-21 11:43:53am
A difficult day for our little team. We skied into a headwind all day, and we are all beginning to feel the effects of being out on the ice for… Continue reading

#9: Making progress!

2022-05-20 10:13:05am
Another stellar day, and we managed to travel over 22 kms, a new best! We seem to be travelling further each day, no doubt our bodies getting fitter and our… Continue reading

#8: Day 8

2022-05-19 10:26:12am
Great weather again today! Sunny and not too cold, a little windy in the morning, but as has been the case so far, the wind dies off around lunch time… Continue reading

#7: Hello from the team

2022-05-18 10:00:57am
20km today! Our biggest day yet, and a great achievement for our team! Speaking of the team, it’s about time we showed you some faces rather than just people skiing… Continue reading

#6: Flat ground finally, and a goose!

2022-05-17 10:45:27am
We had a late start to the day this morning, so as to avoid skiing into a strong headwind. We can use the 24 hour daylight to our advantage here… Continue reading
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#5: The never ending hill

2022-05-16 11:39:00am

-16 inside our tents last night, so outside it would likely have been below -20, the coldest night we have had so far! The team slept well despite the cold… Continue reading


#4: Day 4

2022-05-15 10:10:00am
Today we emerged from the tents to more fresh snow. The first few skiing sessions were quite tough, the snow creating a fair bit of drag on our sleds. The… Continue reading

#3: Fresh snow

2022-05-14 10:51:35am
We woke up this morning to a fresh layer of snow, gorgeous to look at -as though we were camped on top of the clouds- but as we found out… Continue reading

#2: The icy maze

2022-05-13 10:11:56am
We had a slow morning this morning, getting used to the routine of waking up and getting out of camp. We emerged from the tent to a bluebird day, a… Continue reading

#1: Day one!

2022-05-12 11:28:00am
After almost a week of preparation in Kangerlussuaq, the first day of our expedition has finally arrived! After some last minute packing, dropping our ‘civilian’ clothes and belongs off to… Continue reading
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