Rock Climbing in Greenland
New to our 2019 Arctic program! Explore the remote and rugged summits of East Greenland, scaling sheer granite cliffs and glacial remnants in pursuit of breathtaking views of Scoresby Sund’s ice-filled fjords.
Experienced climbers will relish the chance to explore up and along the rarely-scaled peaks that dominate the landscape. And when you reach the top? A view that few people on earth will ever lay eyes on!
This is a unique opportunity to add a thrilling climbing & mountaineering experience to your Greenland expedition - and one not to be missed! So strap on your climbing shoes, clip on your carabiners and join us for an incredible climbing adventure.
Our Arctic rock climbing program requires a reasonable level of climbing experience (at least Grade 10/Difficult/5.2) and a solid level of fitness. There will be long, exploratory day climbs and opportunities for technical pitches. Abseiling experience is also an advantage. While there are opportunities to develop skills during the expedition, this is not an instructional adventure and is therefore unsuitable for complete beginners. However you can expect to learn aspects of technical climbing along the way.
Please note: Your guide will assess your ability on the initial climb and if you have insufficient experience, they reserve the right to restrict your participation.
Rock climbing participants should be fit and well prepared for this activity. You should be able to walk or climb with a moderate pack of approximately 10kgs for up to 4-10 hours a day.
If you have any queries regarding your suitability please do not hesitate to contact us. One of our guides will be more than happy to talk through the experience required with you.
Rock Climbing Outings
Our rock climbing activity will take place in the beautiful and rugged Scoresby Sund on Greenland’s East Coast. We’ll begin with some training excursions on granite cliffs before attempting at least two major ascents over a series of challenging and exhilarating days.
The average outing will last between 4 – 10 hours, and we aim to get out every day we are in Scoresby Sund; weather and conditions permitting.
Your Guides & Group
Your expert guides have many years of experience climbing and leading groups in Greenland and around the world and all hold relevant mountain instruction and safety certificates. You will also be joined by an expert polar historian who will be available to help you interpret the landscapes and historical sites we may encounter along the way. Our climbing excursions will have a minimum of two guides with a 1:5 ratio. More difficult climbs may require lower ratios. Climbers must be at least 14 years old to participate.
Equipment & Clothing Requirements
Good quality equipment is essential for safe climbing. Your climbing guide will inspect all equipment prior to the first outing to ensure it is up to standard. If any of your personal items are deemed unsafe or unsatisfactory for the climbing conditions your guide reserves the right to refuse the use of your equipment.
Aurora Expeditions will supply all necessary ropes and survival equipment. We ask that where possible, you supply the following:
- Helmet: A UIAA rated climbing helmet
- Climbing harness, three self-locking carabiners and two snap link carabiners
- An abseil/belay device
- Rock climbing shoes
- Good day pack (30L capacity) and water bottle(s).
- Personal slings, prussiks or other technical devices you may wish to bring.
Conditions in Greenland are typically calm and settled, with average temperatures around 10˚C (50˚F) and the eastern coast enjoying an average of 300 days of sunshine a year. However, as with anywhere, the weather is unpredictable and you should be prepared to dress for different conditions. We recommend wearing appropriate layers in breathable fabrics to prevent sweating and protect against wind chill.
- Boots - You will require good quality hiking boots to access the climbing areas. Leather or synthetic boots covering the ankle – running shoes will not be adequate.
- Waterproof jacket and pants – lightweight Gore-Tex or similar
- Thermal underwear
- Lightweight gloves – thermal
- Peaked cap
- A silk or cotton neck gaiter or scarf
- Good quality sunscreen and lip balm.
Travel insurance, including emergency evacuation, is mandatory on all Aurora Expeditions voyages and not included in the price of the activity. You will need to ensure that your insurance policy covers you for this activity and any related equipment. An additional policy or premium may be required to ensure you have adequate coverage. Please contact Aurora Expeditions if you need assistance with your insurance policy.
Rock climbing in Greenland starts from AU$900 per person and includes your guides, permits, outings and some equipment.
How To Book
If you would like to participate in our rock climbing activity, please return a completed activity form at the time of booking. Our guide will then review your form for suitability and experience before approving your place.
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