Alone

A solo expedition in Greenland

Greenland LOWA PRO Team athlete Robert Jasper set off on a really special adventure in mid-July. He paddled into the remote fjords of eastern Greenland in his foldable sea kayak. He was all by himself. He completed the whole expedition entirely on his own and “by fair means” – a style in which the entire material has to be carried by yourself. He took along 90 kilograms of gear.

On solo expedition in Greenland

On solo expedition in Greenland

The tough slog to the base camp

Jasper allotted four weeks for the expedition. The first objective was the base camp. The wind and weather of Greenland – the average temperature of its fjords in July is below 10 degrees Celsius – sapped Jasper’s strength. He was forced to cover some sections several times because the weather was so bad. He reached his destination nearly two weeks later: He set up the camp at the foot of the Fox Jaw Cirque – a chain of mountains with summits made of granite that resemble a pred­ator’s jaw.

Loneliness or polar bears

Throughout the expedition, Robert Jasper’s feelings vacillated between two extremes: the mentally draining loneliness he felt and his fear of running into polar bears. Nonetheless, the extreme athlete decided to take a closer look at the Molar Spire (the second granite tooth of the mountain range).

Eisklettern Markierung Produktbilder Rauris Robert Jasper Shooting Sonnblick lowa

“What I really like about a first ascent is the uncer­tainty of it all. You simply have no idea whether it is really possible to climb. It’s a huge challenge!”

Robert Jasper | LOWA PRO Team

  • Can Robert pull of the personal challenge of trying this solo first ascent by using the modern free-climbing style?

    Can Robert pull of the personal challenge of trying this solo first ascent by using the modern free-climbing style?

Stone­circle

Jasper reached the wall of the second granite tooth via a snow-covered couloir. In two days, he climbed a total of seven pitches and then returned back to the base camp because of the fickle weather. The weather had not improved by the third day. But the profes­sional athlete decided he would try to reach the summit anyway. Things could not have gone any better until he reached a point located about 80 metres below the summit. Rain set in, and the rock face became slippery. Robert Jasper weighed the risks and then kept climbing. One mistake could have had devastating consequences. The situation worsened, as fog moved in. Nonetheless, Robert Jasper was able to draw on his deep reservoir of experience and routine to reach the top.

Eisklettern Markierung Produktbilder Rauris Robert Jasper Shooting Sonnblick lowa

“The clouds parted, and a vast vista of mountains and fjords spread out before my eyes – a climber completely alone, not a single other person in sight. It was like being in heaven, indes­cribably beautiful!”

Robert Jasper | LOWA PRO Team

  • On solo expedition in Greenland

    On solo expedition in Greenland

He descended the mountain by abseiling the route. He was back in his base camp tent 18 hours later.

Robert Jasper then completed the circle after spending 30 days in the wilderness, covering 100 kilo­metres by foot while lugging heavy gear, climbing 1,000 metres on a sheer rock face and paddling more than 100 kilo­metres through the sea in his kayak: He returned to his starting point. Robert already had a name for the route in mind: “Stone­circle”.

The shoe

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The facts

Duration:
30 days
Distance:
100 km
Climate:
Polar