Tag Archives: Greenland

Farthest distance kite-skiing in 24 hours

On 5 June 2010, 25-year-old Eric McNair-Landry (Canada) and 46-year-old Sebastian Copeland (USA/France) kite-skied 595 km (369.72 miles) in 24 hours, covering the distance between on Greenland. The duo established the record speed on day 23 of a 43-day expedition to cross the 2,300-km-long (1429-mile) Greenland icecap from Narsarsuaq in the south to Qaanaaq in the north. They used 14-m (46-ft) Yakusa kites for most the 24-hr period, reaching speeds of 60 km/h (37 mi/h) and beating the previous record of 507.5 km (315.35 miles) Continue reading →

Longest Arctic unsupported snow kiting expedition

The longest Arctic unsupported snow-kiting expedition was the 3,120 km (1,938.67 miles) straight line vertical crossing of the Greenland ice cap achieved by UAE-based adventurer Adrian Hayes (UK) and adventurers Devon McDiarmid and Derek Crowe (both Canada), which took 67 days from 20 May to 25 July 2009. The expedition was unsupported: the team travelled this distance carrying all their supplies with them, with no outside help or assistance for the entire duration of the expedition. The team used kites to travel the vast majority Continue reading →

Longest breath hold swim under ice (fins and diving suit)

The longest distance swam under ice with the breath held is 152.4 m (500 ft) by Stig Åvall Severinsen (Denmark), without the use of breathing equipment but with a wetsuit and swim fins, at Qorlortoq Lake (Lake 40) in Ammasslik Island, Sermersoq Municipality, East Greenland on 16 April 2013. The depth of the ice was between 80 and 100 cm (2.62 and 3.28 feet). The total dive time was 2 minutes and 11 seconds.