Entries by nzaht

Following in Nansen’s footsteps…

After some time for reflection following the completion the mammoth crossing of the Greenland ice cap, we caught up with Keith Parsons to get his perspective on the expedition, the biggest challenges he faced, and what he learned about himself through the experience… What was your favourite part of the trip? Just being in Greenland. […]

Thank you!

The Inspiring Explorers team has safely made it home and are now taking some time to reflect on the massive achievement of completing the epic 560km crossing of the Greenland ice cap. We want to take a moment to acknowledge everyone who contributed to the success of this expedition. A huge thank you to our expedition partners Kathmandu, for their support […]

They’ve done it!

They’ve battled hurricane conditions, heavy snowfalls and illness, but the 6-person Antarctic Heritage Trust Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition has reached the finish line of their 560-kilometre crossing of the Greenland ice cap. They made the journey on skis while pulling 60-kilogram supply sleds behind them. The New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust selected four young explorers for […]

Hugs and tears

From Nigel: Woke up after a short sleep. 60km or so to go to the end. Fine weather greeted us. We started at 10am. A possible polar bear sighting had us on edge but it thankfully turned out to be an illusion. We skied on with the British team we had met earlier. We continued […]

Between cleanliness and survival

After nearly a month on the ice, we can safely say the Inspiring Explorers are going to be looking forward to a hot shower. In his account of the first crossing of Greenland, Nansen described the sight of the men, as they fought their way across the interior of the ice cap. “We were a […]

A long night’s sleep ahead

From Bengt: Another long day. From deep snow to good surface during the day. Total whiteout the last 4 legs. We did 33.4 km in 11 and some hours. Look forward to a new long day tomorrow. Plan is to ski down (perhaps with a long break in the middle of the day). All weather […]

The mountains are almost in sight

From Bengt: This morning we met up with the English team, and decided we ski down together to join forces in the heavy snow we are having at the moment. We had snow and whiteout conditions throughout the day. It’s hard going in the front, but nice at the back. Now we have 29km left […]

Running into old friends (sort of)

From Bengt: Long and nice day. Sunny and no wind. Today we walked 11 hours and some. That gave us 34.7km! We followed the tracks from yesterday, bumped into the camp of our English friends just before the last leg. We silently passed since it looked like they already had gone to bed. We skied […]


Snowblindness is just one of the things the team want to avoid in Greenland. Snowblindness is a temporary loss of vision caused by the sun’s rays – think of it like sunburn of the eyeballs! Of course the Inspiring Explorers have sunglasses and protective goggles to protect their eyes, but things were different for Nansen’s […]


From Bengt: As predicted, it was whiteout in the morning. Almost no wind and the sun was trying to get through the clouds. In the middle of the day we found tracks from another team, which we followed. We did around 9 hours and got 27.3km. It cleared up in the end of the day. […]