May of 2018 Kristi and I joined Pirhuk Mountain Guides for 'Steep Week' in Kulusuk Greenland.
We flew direct from Denver to Reykjavik Iceland and spent a day walking the city and eating yummy food.
Fun Fact... Led Zeppelin Immigrant Song Iceland Inspired:
We come from the land of the ice and snow
From the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow
The next day at the Reykjavik airport we met our guide Lorenz along with Kuba, Gary, Shawn and Will who we would ski with for the next week. The two hour flight to Kulusuk was easy.
From the Kulusuk airport we skinned directly to the lodge where a fantastic meal was waiting for us. Pirhuk's food, lodging and hospitality were top notch. Everyone was super friendly.
After a couple of days skiing the terrain close to the village( and waiting for weather to clear) we toured to a remote hut ( motor boat assisted). The hut and it's setting was amazing.
The next day would be the best day of skiing of the trip. We climbed couloirs, booted exposed ridges and skied from summits.
After our perfect day of skiing the weather deteriorated and we spent 38 straight hours in the hut waiting for the freezing rain and wind to stop. While the hut had heat... there was no power or internet. Turns out none of us had reading material either. Plenty of stories and jokes were told.
After 38 hours we were all crazy enough to make a break for it. We toured for a good half day in near zero visibilty to a point where we could be picked up by a few of the fastest dog sled teams in Greenland. Homemade lasagne was waiting for us when we arrived back at the lodge.
On the last day we got up extra early to lay down a few thousand vertical before skiing directly to the airport to catch afternoon flighst back to Reykjavik.
What a great adventure!
Thanks to Kuba for putting together this awesome video!
We flew direct from Denver to Reykjavik Iceland where we spent a day before flying to Kulusuk Greenland. Iceland: We come from the land of the ice and snow From the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow
We met our crew at the Reykjavik airport. (L2R): Gary (Seattle), Lorenz (Switzerland), Kuba (Poland), Alex (Denver), Kristi (Denver), Shawn (Seattle), Will (Seattle)
The trip from Reykjavik to Kulusuk was an easy two hour flight.
We skinned from the airport to Pirhuk's lodge in the village
After a tasty meal at the lodge we opted for an early evening ski tour
The light was eerie and the surroundings were amazing
After a day of bad weather and hanging at the lodge we were graced with the sun
With good weather in the forecast we headed to a remote hut for a few days
The sea ice was soft we opted for a boat shuttle to get closer to the hut
See ya in a few days
After being dropped off we spent the rest of the day skinning and skiing to the hut
Lorenz carried a gun to protect against polar bears
The views were incredible
Having lunch before dropping into a 'grippy' couloir
The Black Crows Corvus Freebirds were the perfect skis for this trip
Alex taking in the views before the 'grippy' couloir
Lorenz having some fun
Lorenz leading the way. The hut wasn't too much further
Home sweet home for the next few days
The setting wasn't too shabby
The scenery on this trip was so incredible that if dragons had come flying through the mountains it wouldn't have be overly surprising.
Heading out for what would be the best day of skiing of the trip
We summited the peak directly in front of us and skied off the back side
We booted the big obvious coulie dead ahead
Alex and Kristi... stoked!
Fun times on the ridge. Not all of crew opted to ski from the summit
Alex cashing in
The ant sized skiers give perspective on how big the terrain is
After a day of amazing skiing the weather got bad and we spent 38 straight hours in the hut waiting for things to clear up. We had a gas stove but no power, phones or reading materials.
After 38 hours in the hut we made a break for it and skied to a point where we could be picked up by dog sleds. Visibility was very low
The ride back to the village was about an hour and a half
Of the three sled teams one was the fastest and another was the fourth fastest in Greenland. Dog sled competition in Greenland is a point of village pride.
All sled dogs are chained outside 24x7x365 after they turn 6 months old. Regardless of weather
A cute pup enjoying his freedom before turning 6 months
Chained dogs waiting for their next mission and a meal
On the last day we laid down a few thousand vertical before skiing to the airport
Gary heading to concourse A
Those who did not ski to the airport arranged alternative transportation
Lorenz, Kristi, Alex and Matt at the Kulusuk airport