All posts by oliver

Our Team

Molly,  Expedition Leader

Molly

Molly is an experienced mountaineer, with 15+ years experience of climbing throughout Europe. She has worked as an instructor at Outward Bound Hong Kong and has lead trekking, climbing and sea kayaking activities in China, with first ascents at Waterfall Rock, HK. Molly has explored South East Asia extensively and also spent time trekking in Western China and Tibet. She’s experienced leading climbs throughout the UK at grades around E1, sport routes up to 7a and in winter climbing Scottish grade III and WI4. In addition, she is a competent skier and Alpinist with several trips to the Alps, Norway and New Zealand under her belt. Molly is keen to explore the untouched wilderness of Arctic Greenland, where there are opportunities for first ascents.

Jesse,  Nutritionist

Jessie

Jesse is an experienced mountaineer and skier. He has almost 20 years of climbing experience leading up to E1, sport 6b, WI4 and Scottish grade III. He has been skiing for 15 years with numerous trips to the Alps, across all disciplines downhill, touring and cross country. He has spent a couple of summer trips in Chamonix alpine climbing and has completed a Conville course. He has accomplished all this in spite of being registered as blind/severely sight impaired due to a genetic eye condition which has affected him since birth. Jesse is keen to face the challenge of an expedition to Greenland that he hopes will inspire others to challenge themselves whatever their abilities.

Alistair,  Chief Scientist / Glaciologist

Alistair

Alistair is currently completing a PhD in Glaciology. Having spent his uni days climbing and exploring mountains. He continued his studies by bringing his passion for the mountains into his work with hopes to protect them for the future. He has climbed Scottish winter grade III, lead rock climbs of VS and spent time climbing alpine routes around Chamonix. His research has taken him to Svalbard and the Arctic as well as to conferences meeting the leading minds in his field. He will oversee the scientific part of the trip.

Jen,  Medical Officer

Jen

Jen is a qualified Mountain Leader based in Scotland with a passion for travel and conservation. She has explored several continents, trekking and expeditioning in India, Egypt, Vietnam, Chile, Borneo and, of course, Scotland. Her climbing experience, both on rock and ice, ranges from the UK, Norway, France, Italy, Croatia and Chile. Jen is a competent skier with many trips to the French Alps, Italian Dolomites and Spanish Pyrenees under her belt. Jen loves to go off the beaten track and is keen to visit the vanishing glaciers of Greenland, to explore new routes, and have real adventures in this fragile landscape with inspirational team mates.

Oliver, Equipment/Kit Manager

Ollie

Oliver is a qualified mountain instructor with over a decade’s experience climbing in summer and winter throughout the world. He has put up new routes in Morocco and Chile as well regularly climbing throughout the UK. As a passionate climber he has lead British Traditional E4, Scottish grade V, and sport climbs at 7a. He holds the Mountain Instructor Award and Winter Mountain Leader qualifications. He is also a keen skier having spent several weeks ski touring in the Alps. Oliver sees this trip as a great opportunity to use his skills with other able individuals to explore and study an amazing part of the globe.

“Choose your companions carefully- you may have to eat them.”

Our Objectives

The objective of our expedition is three-fold:

  • To Explore; the central Staunings Alps region which is incredibly remote, many of the valleys in the area have never been visited. We aim to travel on skis throughout our expedition and gain first ascents on unclimbed peaks.

peaks

 

  • To Research; to develop our understanding of the impact that climate change is having, we need to know more about the ice loss from the glaciers of Greenland. We aim to provide land-based scientific measurements that can be used in conjunction with satellite imagery to improve climatic models of the area. This will enhance our understanding, as improved models will give better estimates of future ice loss and sea level rises.

IMG_8964

 

  • To Inspire; Jesse, one of the team is disabled. He suffers from a genetic eye condition which means he’s almost blind. Despite this, he forms an integral part of the team participating on an equal footing (he is our most experienced skier!). We feel it’s important to show that in spite of the difficulties some of us must face, where there is hard work and determination, great challenges and adventures can be achieved.

STAmaster200