Greenland is the largest island on Earth. Straddling the Arctic Circle, 80% of the country is permanently encased in ice, creating the second largest ice cap in the world. In May 2006, four young British women will cross the Greenland ice-cap and return, covering a distance of 1300km. If they succeed they will be the first British all-female team to do so. Braving freezing temperatures, crevasses, polar bears and some of the harshest weather on the planet, they will haul sledges packed with food, fuel and equipment that weigh more than their own bodyweight.
The girls intend to use power kites on this historic trip to help them challenge the world speed record for crossing the Greenland ice-cap, which currently stands at just 6 days and 23 hours. Skimming across the snow on skis, the kites will enable the team to reach speeds of up to 35km/h.
The Greenland Quest will take place throughout May 2006. Arriving in Kangerlussuaq on the west coast of Greenland, the team will set up base camp on the edge of the ice cap and wait for favourable wind conditions before setting off. The challenge is to make the journey across the ice cap, arriving at Ammasalik on the east coast, having covered a distance of 650km in less than 6 days. The team will then make the return journey to Kangerlussuaq, allowing a second attempt at the speed record. Ending the expedition where they began, the Arctic Foxes will have covered a total distance of 1300km and will become the first British all-female team to have crossed the Greenland ice-cap.
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