Greenland Spring Crossing 2022

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

This is Mardi's first crossing and is excited to learn from someone who has been across multiple times.

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Sherief
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Hege Victoria
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James
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Nia
Bard Strand
Bård Strand. Senior guide
Mardi Philips Icetrek guide
Mardi Philips. Guide

Trip Summary

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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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

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#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
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#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
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#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
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#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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