It will be an unsupported sea-to-sea crossing of the Greenland icecap that will put Roger Chao and his team in the mountaineering/adventure racing record books. Roger, along with his teammates Rob Rigato and Linda Beilharz, are using this journey as a tool to increase awareness about climate change by documenting its impacts on the indigenous Inuit people of Greenland. They also hope to use the documented expedition to raise awareness through seminars and lectures.
The unsupported journey will take them 30 to 35 days and they will travel roughly 600 kms across the Greenland Icecap. Unsupported means no food drops, no guides, no dogs, kites or powered vehicles - from the eastern sea to the western sea with only what they can pull in their sleighs.
After a brief stop in Kulusuk, a small traditional village on the east coast of Greenland, to begin their research, the team will be dropped near Nagtivit where the journey will begin the following day. The first leg of the expedition will be the most difficult. With full sleds weighing in at about 100kg each, and a long gradual climb from sea level to an altitude of 2700m. All the while they must endure the tempestuous weather, with storms that can blow up to 200 kms/hour, temperatures as low as minus 50 C as well as possible whiteout conditions.
Roger Chao is the 2006 Australian Geographic Young Adventurer of the Year. This award was given in recognition of an unassisted (no food drops) mid-winter traverse of both the Eastern and Western Arthurs, combined with an ascent of Federation Peak in Tasmania in full winter conditions. This Greenland expedition will definitely be his most challenging and rewarding endeavor.