So the gilt wrapped description of East Greenland provided by Doug was enough to entice myself to join Shona , Graham and Doug on an adventure to kayak amongst icebergs , for four weeks during July / August 1998
We required reliable and strong fibreglass kayaks to endure the rigors of sea ice and rocky landings , they also had to accommodate all our food and fuel for four weeks along with tents , stove , sleeping bags etc.As individuals we had a mixture of boats , but nothing that was ideal.The expense of freighting out kayaks to Angmagssalik ruled_out buying new boats , so we were delighted when the P + H Company offered to provide 3 Sirius kayaks and 1 Capella kayak for our trip.
This trip had as one of its main aims , to experience kayaking where the sport we enjoy had originated from , as a hunting craft enabling the Inuit to survive in an extremely harsh environment.It was also hoped to visit the grave of a very special English explorer , who tragically died whilst hunting from his
kayak in 1932.
With the essentials in each of us then accommodated luxuries , a tapestry for Shona , a therma rest chair kit for Graham , more clothes for myself and extra food for Doug
, otherwise known as hungry Horace.
To share this with folks at_home the idea came about for Graham and I to climb a hill and photograph Shona and Doug
departing for camp 2. A superb vantage point gave us great shots , the big and the small.This difference was emphasised as a huge iceberg many kilometres away split_up and created a barely visible ripple in the fjord that slowly moved across to our bay , which it entered and promptly became 2 ft surf !. Yes , there were 2 unmanned kayaks on the shore which we could not see.Prior_to this message from nature there had been no waves whatsoever , so our kayaks were only a short distance from the water as they were so heavy and we usually carried them as a team of four with Kayak Carrier Systems straps.We were mentally ruffled , the kayaks physically jostled.Grateful for the gentle reminder that the rules in this game are set by .
We journeyed_down Sermilik Fjord stopping at several deserted winter settlements.
...Doug Cooper Leader Instructor @ Glenmore Lodge , the Scottish National Outdoor CentreShona Comrie P.E. Teacher @ Farr School Bettyhill
Graham Bruce Tech.Support Engineer for Makers International