Archive for the ‘Greenland 2010 Crossing’ Category
Sebastian Appears on Red Bull’s Servus TV
On March 5th, 2014 Sebastian appeared on Servus TV’s Sport&Talk to promote his new film Across The Ice–The Greenland Victory March which premiered March 5. Joining him in the studios in Salzburg, Austria was F1 racing legend Nicky Lauda. Sebastian also appeared on the morning show Servus Morgen on March 6th. The film will play again on Servus AM TV Sunday March 9th at 3PM before rolling out to international distribution later in the year.More
Servus TV to premiere Sebastian Copeland’s new film for German Speaking countries
Across The Ice–The Greenland Victory March premiered on Servus TV on March 5th in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The film chronicles Sebastian Copeland and Eric McNair Landry’s record setting kite skiing mission across the south-north axis of the Greenland ice sheet. The film marks Sebastian’s second directorial effort and his first collaboration with Red Bull Media House. Set mostly on Greenland, the film follows training sessions in Iqualuit, and the 2300 kilometer unassisted journey which includes getting pinned down by hurricane strength winds; a tour of the cold war relic DYE II; and setting the new world record for the longest distance travelled in 24 hours by kites with 595 km. Across The Ice will be presented at Cannes’s 2014 MipDoc for international distribution in early April. You see watch the trailer here. Stay tuned for other international releases.More
The jury of the 2013 Arctic Award awarded Sebastian a gold medal on behalf of the Photographic Society of America (PSA). The Arctic Award specializes in Polar photography. This is Sebastian’s second win: in 2012, the FIAP (Federation International de l’Art Photographic) had awarded him a medal for the same competition. The winning image below depicts a storm on the Greenland ice cap, with winds reaching 80 miles per hour, during Sebastian and Eric’s record setting south to north crossing on skis and kites.More
The Chukchi and Beaufort Seas are temporarily saved from devastating drilling as Shell Oil is postponing its plans again for another year, making this the second consecutive postponement for drilling in the region. This after the coast guard found multiple and potentially disastrous violations of safety protocols, and after one of Shell’s platforms run aground. The decision confirms what scientists and environmentalists alike have been arguing for decades: drilling in the Arctic is unsafe, and too hazardous to risk long term devastation for short term gain. This issue has not gone away, but it is a breath into an ongoing battle for life. The solutions to our problems do not lie at the bottom of the Arctic ocean in its stored reserve of greenhouse creating fossil fuels; they exist in the air that we breath, the sun that reaches us, the oceans and the currents: it is time we commit to recycling the power of nature into our energy needs, and a market transformation to a sustainable future.More
Taken from the Guinness World Records site:
On 5 June 2010, 25-year-old Eric McNair-Landry (Canada) and 46-year-old Sebastian Copeland (USA/France) kite-skied 595 km (369.72 miles) in 24 hours, covering the distance between on Greenland. The duo established the record speed on day 23 of a 43-day expedition to cross the 2,300-km-long (1429-mile) Greenland icecap from Narsarsuaq in the south to Qaanaaq in the north. They used 14-m (46-ft) Yakusa kites for most the 24-hr period, reaching speeds of 60 km/h (37 mi/h) and beating the previous record of 507.5 km (315.35 miles) by Hugo Rolf Hansen and Bjørn Einar Bjartnes (both Norway) set on 2 July 2009.
Copeland’s diary entry for the day concludes: “We will reap the reward of our labor with a day off, a glass of electrolytes and a bowl of granola and water! Don’t be jealous, now!”
ClimatePartner has just awarded us with a carbon offset certificate for the Greenland 2010 Legacy Crossing. What this means is, whatever carbon was created by flights taken for this expedition, was neutralized by supporting a recognized and certified climate protection project. In this case, a the Rio Verde Chico project in Guatemala . We’ll be doing the same for the Antarctica 2011-12 Legacy Crossing, where one tree will be planted for every kilometer traveled . You can click on the image for a closer look at the award.More
The glacier here advances at rates of 40 meters per day
AM on the bay, basking in twenty four hour sun–no bathing suit though
Arriving in Ilulissat spells a very different Greenland experience than what we have had so far. It has paved roads, hotels, souvenir shops, and tour operators. And were it not for the multitude of sled dogs everywhere to remind us that this is still–at its core–a working Inuit town–Ilulissat would begin to feel like Niagara falls: a tourist destination. As well it would be: a Unesco certified World Heritage site, the icefjord of Ilulissat (which literally translates to “iceberg”) is one of the more arresting ice landscape anywhere in the world. Disko Bay which dominates it, is littered with the largest icebergs I have seen anywhere. The Ilulissat glacier is the most active in the northern hemisphere, advancing at speeds that are confounding, particularly as they have been exponentially growing. The accelerator here, as can be expected, is climate change. In 2001, the glacier moved at the rate of 20 meters a day. By 2004, that number had astoundingly increased to 40 meters per day. The cause is universally accepted to be warmer air and warmer water: the glacier loses in thickness, and the water erodes the base below the surface, precipitating the pour.