Inventing 1000 miles

Inventing 1000 miles

How to prepare for a 1000-miler winter Alaska crossing? There is no recipe. You have to invent it one step at a time. 40 days to launch.

Why?

Why?

Several times this holiday season I have been asked the ‘why’ question. “1,000 miles? in Alaska? In winter? Really? How? Why?…” For me, a solo unsupported trek across Alaska includes several highly desirable components: – It’s about running and about endurance. Endurance has motivated me since watching a 24-hour motorcycle race in the urban circuit […]

Thrive at the Edge

Thrive at the Edge

A couple of hundred miles into the Yukon Arctic Ultra race, it is night again. 30 degrees below. My sled slides silently behind me as I run evenly across the surface of yet another frozen lake. My early hamstring injury is holding up, with the help of a KT tape fix I found works. I […]

Onto the Glaciers

Onto the Glaciers

The boat recedes into the distance, taking our injured ice team member away. We stand on the beach surrounded by tall peaks in all directions. North along the beach we hike, among stranded Mars rover-sized icebergs, and reach our entry point into the Schweizerland glacier system – a very long terminal moraine left behind as […]

High Tundra Beach

High Tundra Beach

Our circadian cycles declare it is time to wake up: Day 2 of our glacier trek is here. The Sun has been flying around the horizon like a butterfly while we were asleep, sometimes hiding behind a tall peak here and there. We carefully disarm the blank and thankfully unfired cartridges on the bear fence, […]

In the Land of Polar Bears and Arctic Foxes, We Are the Zoo Animals

In the Land of Polar Bears and Arctic Foxes, We Are the Zoo Animals

Island hopping is done: Iceland to Kulusuk, Kulusuk to Greenland. After landing on the East side of Tasiilaq Fjord, we are finally climbing up the hills. A few warm, 40-degree days have unleashed a pesky cloud of mosquitoes. They bite! We don our head nets; We now see the world through a pixelated screen. We cross the […]

Off to the Glaciers

Off to the Glaciers

Boulder – Reykjavik; Reykjavik – Kulusuk. The adventure has started, but we are not on the glaciers yet. We stand on the Kulusuk dock at high tide. Tied to the dock pillars, down in the icy water, a pod of dead seals stays cool and preserved. In a land with 2000 varieties of lichen and […]

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

We are off to Greenland. What are we going to see? For now, nothing – a cloud layer hides the ocean. Give me a small plane so I can fly close to the water! After an hour and some, tears in the blanket reveal tantalizing glimpses of ocean and ice. We have gone through the […]

Gateway to Greenland

Gateway to Greenland

Reykjavik Airport – Reykjavíkurflugvöllur – is what I call a real airport. City and forest surround the field. You can see all the taxiways and runways. Many small airplanes joyfully flitter around like hummingbirds. The terminals are functional – gateways to adventure rather than shopping emporia. As for me, it’s hurry up and wait. There […]

On My Way

On My Way

First contact. I just returned from my first trip to Greenland, starting to fulfill childhood and young adult dreams and plans. During this scouting trip, I learned to travel on glaciers, which are the on-ramps and off-ramps between the coast and the icecap. One by one, I am piling up mission building blocks until they […]