Ice Cap to Hundeso
01 August 2017
Hardly slept at all last night. It was cold, an icy, relentless wind blowing off the ice sheet. Spent most of the 3 hours I tried to sleep just shivering in my bag. Sounds miserable, but I'm still high on life. This is life-list stuff. I'm exhausted, and I love it. Every single minute, I love it.
I spent a few hours first thing exploring the ice sheet. It wasn't the epic walls of calving glacier I'd imagined, but it was way cool. It was endlesss, a sea of white, absolutely desolate. I don't think I've ever actually felt that small. One of the coolest things I've ever seen. When I finally felt satisfied, I hit the road. Kilometers to go before I sleep; kilometers to go before I sleep. And those k's seemed to pass slowly. After all, I'd already walked them. I considered climbing Sugarloaf Mountain, but ultimately decided to keep cruising. Hit Kangerlussuaq around 430p and had a snack at the local market. I was back where I'd started. And now there was a 15 k road walk staring me down. Not the most fun I've ever had, but it's part of the deal on this trail. Honestly, it was miserable. End of story. Because I missed my shuttle, I'd walked 92 k's of road instead of 53.5. When I finally hit the trail, I was stoked. Nothing but backcountry wilderness between me and Sisimiut.
I finally arrived at the Hundeso Caravan shelter around 10p. It's a total dump, and there are mosquitoes everywhere, an uninterupted cloud of them. A horde. Of mosquitoes. Ugh. I can see gear through the window, but the door is tied shut from the inside. Whoever's in there is sleeping, so I'm posted up a few hundred yards away. I'm not mad. I think I'd rather be out here than in there anyways. I'm back on schedule, but not without a toll. My feet hurt, and my muscles ache. I'm so tired. Stoked for sleep. And stoked to be here.
This place is incredible. No trees, just wide open tundra and low-lying vegetation. The landscape is dotted with mountains and lakes that I assume have been cut and filled by the perpetually receding ice sheet. And the wildlife is awesome too. I've seen a dozen reindeer, a musk ox, and an arctic hare. Hoping to see an arctic fox before I reach Sisimiut. And maybe snap a few good photos of the unique and beautiful wildlife out here. I'm so inspired here.
Kilometers Walked: 59