Shifting Ice and Changing Tides is a human and wind powered, female led, expedition to the west coast of Greenland to visually document the recession of glaciers and ski first descents.

About

Shifting Ice and Changing Tides is a human and wind powered, female led, ski and sail expedition to the west coast of Greenland. In this remote, fascinating and beautiful region, we will explore and ski first descents while limiting our environmental footprint by sailing and climbing. The expedition will serve as a platform for raising awareness about climate change and environmental issues as well as for inspiring and promoting female participation in snow sports adventures.

Our Goals

  • Ski first descents on the west coast of Greenland
  • Inspire and promote female participation in adventure and exploration
  • Raise awareness and spread knowledge about climate change and the ecological footprint of our sport

The Route

On March 29th 2014, our team of five women will depart from Ísafjörður, Iceland and cross the Denmark Straight to Cape Farewell (the southern tip of Greenland). We anticipate that the crossing will take approximately four full days. Due to the sea ice in the area during this time of year, we will not be able to reach the coast line until approximately 61 °15 North 48 ° 58 West (Paamiut).

Given good snow conditions we will ski the southernmost mountains, working our way up the coastline north to Nuuk, where we will disembark the boat on April 19th. During our three weeks onboard the sail boat we will explore the seas, fjords, glaciers and mountains, aiming to climb and ski challenging first descents.

The Boat

For the most part, ski routes along the north-west and eastern coasts of Greenland are reached by helicopters and snowmobiles. For our expedition we will be employing the services of a sixty-three foot schooner (La Louise) that will be captained by it’s owner and skipper, Thierry Dubois, with the aid of our team of six who will be acting as the crew.

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