“Five pints of bitter please” was the order in the Plough pub where we had met to put this expedition together.

The Idea

It had been talked about for many months but all depended upon finding and purchasing a metal hulled yacht. Our skipper Ron Newton who had sold his luxurious Catamaran after his transatlantic trip had found the right craft The Elizebeth Victory a 36 foot steel cutter built by Oceansteel Craft of Cornwall some twenty years ago. The trip was on Lads !!!

Sailing around icebergs Greenland

Sailing around icebergs Greenland

The expedition

We had the boat, we had the sailors and we had the climbers, all we had to do was organize the expedition to Greenland’s remote east coast, sailing to the kangerluassaq fjord to attempt some peaks inland approaching from the coast emulating the trip by Chris Bonnington and Robin Knox Johnson in 1991.

Un-climbed mountains - Greenland

Un-climbed mountains - Greenland

The magnificent Seven

Ron and sailing pal and expert Luke Priest (both over Fifty) were to look after getting the boat ready and sailing it to Iceland from Fareham on the south coast of England, around Cornwall, the silly isles, Ireland, Scotland , The Faroe Islands and on to Iceland, leaving in May to meet us climbers in Reykjavik mid July.

The climbers Peter Watson, Robert Jones, Stewart Wright and myself Steve Lodge (all over forty Eight) have a wealth of climbing experience between us with, success’s on mountains in most ranges in the world including, Huascaran (Peru 6700m), Huapasca (Peru 5800m) Chulu West (Nepal 6630m), Mt McKinley (Alaska 6195m) Khan Tengri (Tien Shan 7001M) and most major 4000m peaks in the Alps. Peter and I had sailed many times with Ron, with peter completing the transatlantic race the year before. Our last member Tim Broad (Under forty but very tall) is hard to categorize being neither, a hardened climber or a hardened sailor. He had experience in both and joined for the adventure side of this expedition. He was in fact a very fine sailor and a great climber.

Sailing to Greenland

After months of letter writing, emails and phone calls, Permits were issued, Flights booked, Gun and License obtained (for the use if attacked by Polar Bear). Tents, food and Climbing gear pooled, Satellite phones and Epirbs hired, with the help of sponsorship and hard earnt cash. Sea charts, photographs and information of Greenland’s east coast from Mr Bonnington, a goal chosen, we were ready to go at last. Trip on Lads.

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The magnificent Seven

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