Arved Fuchs will be setting out on his latest expedition on the 4th of July. The destination aboard his ship the "Dagmar Aaen" is the eastern coast of Greenland. The ship, which has been worked on in the shipyard for the last months, is in the best technical condition. The title of this new undertaking is PITTARAK, the name given by the inhabitants of Greenland to the dreaded fall winds which occur often there. The crew will start out on this expedition from the Museum Harbour in Flensburg. The expedition is a combination of sailing along Greenland's eastern coast - a coast which is extremely difficult to approach - and exploring the mountainous regions there. The expedition will be accompanied by a team from the ZDF, who will be filming on board the ship for the television.
The eighth successive International Youth Camp "Ice Climate Education" will start just three days after the "Dagmar Aaen" leaves the Museum Harbour. Ten young people will sail on board the "Ryvar" from the Norwegian town of Sogndal to the city of Bergen, during which they will concern themselves intensively with the subject of global warming. This year's participants come from eight different nations.
Arved Fuchs will be sailing from Flensburg past Iceland to the east coast of Greenland. His destination there is the Mikis Fiord. The crew will leave the "Dagmar Aaen" there and attempt to climb the Gunnbjørn Fjeld. With its 3694 meters in height, this is not only the highest mountain on the island but also the highest mountain north of the Arctic Circle.
The trek to the Gunnbjørn Fjeld is especially difficult. This could be the reason why earlier expedition members were flown in. Only three expeditions have managed till now to walk the difficult and treacherous path from the coast and over the glaciers without further assistance. For quite some time, Fuchs has carried out this classical expedition form. The task must be seen in its entirety and not only as the successful climb of this peak. The first climb of the Gunnbjørn Fjeld was on the 16th of August, 1935 by the British geogolist, explorer and mountain climber Lawrence Wager (1904 - 1965) who had begun to explore Greenland just five years earlier.
Parallel to the explorations a scientific program will play an important role
The Chilean doctor Dr. Pablo Besser will be leading the mountain expedition. Dr. Besser was a crew member with Arved Fuchs in the nineties and has among other things climbed the Fitz Roy (3406 m) in the Argentine and Chilean Andes Mountains. Together with the Chilean mountain climber Christian Donoso and the German cameraman Tim B. Frank, Besser will complete the 60 to 70 kilometer trek - which include the crossing of the Sorgenfri Glacier - on skies.
The fiord landscape along the eastern coast of Greenland, which Arved Fuchs will explore with his ship the "Dagmar Aaen", is a magnificient piece of nature. The stretch between Angmassalik and the Scoresby Sound is not often sought out by expeditions. Parallel to the explorations along the icy fiord landscape - including the Kangerlussuaq Fiord - a scientific program will play an important role. This program will be accompanied by the marine biologist Stephanie Borchardt. The company SubCtech out of Kiel has developed a compact measuring instrument especially for this expedition which will continually measure the water quality during the entire expedition.
"Environmental Monitoring" is the name for this company's field of work and involves installing a robust, flexible and automatic monitoring and measuring system called "OceanPack" which can be attached to buoys or operated from ships. It is possible with this system to record important information completely and automatically for example CO2- or salt content or on meteorological data. Last year, the SubCtech together with the French company SailingOne was awarded the economic prize in the category "Environment" by the German-French Chamber of Commerce. The common goal of this project is to provide science efficiently with sound data on climate. The "Dagmar Aaen" being a small ship is perfectly suitable for collecting data directly in areas where it was until now necessary to extrapolate missing scientific data.