Expedition's Fast Facts
World Record holding adventurer, Geoff Wilson and his son-in-law and up and comer, Simon Goodburn will be the first Australian Team to tackle a crossing of the infamous ice-covered island of Greenland. The duo will negotiate treacherous crevasse-riddled glaciers, predatory polar bear’s and bitter cold to complete the 2700 kilometer odyssey from the Southern tip of Greenland, to the humble Inuit town of Qanaaq in the North.
Geoff and Simon will be attempting the voyage, unsupported – meaning they have to tow all of their supplies and belongings behind them in two expedition-pulk sleds weighing a sturdy 150 kilograms each. Furthermore, to maintain unsupported status, they can’t accept any external help – not even a warm drink.
Similarly to Geoff’s last journey (record breaking “boob-sled” Antarctic crossing in 2013/14) the boys will be raising money and awareness in support of the McGrath Foundation.
In the spirit of adventure and healthy rivalry, Geoff and Simon will be pursuing a number of records during their time in Greenland. They intend to:
- Achieve the First Australian team to make a successful South to North Crossing of Greenland.Secure the Fastest crossing of Greenland, South to North. (Record currently stands at 42 days. Held by E.McNair-Landry and S.Copeland, 2010.)
- Secure the Fastest crossing of Greenland, South to North. (Record currently stands at 42 days. Held by E.McNair-Landry and S.Copeland, 2010.)
- Break the record for the furthest distance travelled in a 24hour period, by kite power. (Record currently 595 kilometers. Held by E.McNair-Landry and S.Copeland, 2010.)
Excitingly, you can catch be involved in the journey too. Run Down Under will be hosting a “Run Greenland” challenge where you can enter in teams, add your cumulative mileage and race Geoff and Simon across Greenland. This will be the first virtual race of it’s kind.
Now, to introduce the adventure team in more detail;
Dr Geoff Wilson: Founder of 5th Element Expeditions and World Record Holding Adventurer. Geoff is most at home in desert environments, both hot and cold, as well as being well-versed in endurance and using kite-based technology. Most notably, Geoff holds the Fastest crossing of Antarctica in history. He completed the journey in 53 days – solo and unsupported (2013/14). Geoff also initiated and participated in the first kite-assisted crossing of the Sahara Desert 2009. First person to Kite Australia to Papua New Guinea. Geoff is passionate about delivering purpose-driven adventure and seldom sets out to complete anything without it being attached to a worthy cause – in this case, the McGrath Foundation.
With a heart after the wild places, Geoff’s expedition protégé, (and son-in-law) Simon Goodburn is also an experienced expeditioner in his own right. In recent years, Simon has developed an affinity with human endurance in a number of hostile environments, as well as an ever-growing obsession with kite-flying. His first major expedition was accompanying Geoff as they kite-boarded across the Torres Strait in 2012. Since then, he has become a kiteboarding instructor as well as leading polar survival training courses in the back-country of New Zealand. Simon has a knack for keeping a level head under extreme duress. He provides invaluable base support and moral guidance for Geoff in the field.
Why the McGrath Foundation?
When a good friend of Geoff’s was diagnosed with breast cancer, the reality of the severity and brutality of this disease really struck a chord. As a father of three, including two daughters, Geoff became acutely aware of the importance of understanding and taking proactive steps to reduce the risk of a disease that affects 1 in 8 Australian women. Statistically speaking, you will probably know or have known someone who has warred with this insidious disease. The McGrath Foundation does incredible work to support women right through from diagnosis to remission. They are helping to make a difference for 50,000 families and counting.
Why Nansen’s Cross?
Here’s some polar hiostory for you! Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) is arguably one of the greatest explorers and navigators of all time. His tales of triumph and discovery over multiple journeys have fuelled the fire of adventure and inspired both Geoff and Simon respectively. Historically, Fridtjof Nansen was the first to cross Greenland, from the east coast to the west coast in 1888! What’s more, is he was the same age as Simon is now when he achieved this extraordinary feat, all those years ago.
The Greenland Expedition, Nansen’s Cross, was named that way to pay respect to the incredible achievement of Fridtjof Nansen as well as honoring his place in history. Furthermore, Geoff and Simon’s path will cross over with Nansen’s route during their odyssey, hence the name, Nansen’s Cross.
Things just got real. You can now track the real-time progress of currently active expeditions with our live GPS map. It maps their trail from start to finish and pinpoints where they are right now through a satellite communicator. Plus you can see messages straight from the action and even reply. Start exploring below.
Things just got real. You can now track the real-time progress of currently active expeditions with our live GPS map. It maps their trail from start to finish and pinpoints where they are right now through a satellite communicator. Plus you can see messages straight from the action and even reply.
Start exploring here.