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Greenland : Vestgrønland/Kitaa

18.7 km (11.6 miles) ENE of Iterlak, Vestgrønland, Greenland
Approx. altitude: 318 m (1043 ft)
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Antipode: 61°S 135°E

Accuracy: 10.4 km (6.4 mi)
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#2: view N #3: view S #4: view E #5: view W #6: GPS

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  61°N 45°W (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: view NE to the CP

(visited by Peter Scharfenberg)

15-Jul-2008 -- According to the legend this confluence point (CP) is "18.7 km ENE of Iterlak". This, however, is a farm, occasionally visited by the owners. (We met only sheep.) The nearest settlement is Søndre Igaliku, the CP NE with a distance of 18 km. More precisely, we localized the point 30 km away from South Greenland international airport Narsarsuaq, 4 km up on the ca. 4 km broad glacier "Jespersen bræ". The glacier, part of the inland ice, ends at an altitude of ca. 50 m above sea level in the great valley "Jespersen dal" (the ground: 1 km broad, length: 12 km). The molten ice feeds a river the sands of which shape the Kujalleq bay of the Igaliko fjord (Igalikup Kangerlua) near Søndre Igaliku. For more details cf. the 1:250000 "Saga" maps Nos. 2 and 3 (the CP only on Map No. 3), as well as the 1: 100000 hiking map "Narsaq". Picture#1: the CP is in the middle of the "ice stream", 2 km before the curvature to the right (E) – length of the eastern mountain ca. 7 km.

Our approach to the CP may be considered a first attempt to gain information about the area, and the results may be helpful for those planning a complete visit.

After sailing from Narsarsuaq harbour over the Eriks fjord (Tunulliarfik) to the landing point Itilleq, the settlement Igaliko (Gardar) on the opposite side of the peninsula is readily arrived after a few km walking along a track. Now one hikes one or two days (wading near Sioratsiaat somewhat demanding) around the Igaliko fjord via the farm Iterlaq to the creek Inqquassaap kua. Here, near to the shore, we decided to have our base camp.

On a cloudy somewhat rainy day we entered the valley Jespersen dal and followed the river, sometimes scrambling, hiking through lower bushes on sheep tracks, and on the sands of the river, wherever possible. The mountain range on the left side (NW) is steep, difficult to climb, and has much vegetation. It was ca. 600 m before the end of the first part of the chain, where the river changed to our side. Just now the bushes of willow and birch are much more dense and stronger than they are in the first part of the valley. (This is quite unusual here. Even the sheep had stopped there. So far we observed such in the Paradise valley and along the fjords of the Nanortalik area.) Not enough, consider the steep, say 30° mountain slope here (picture #2, view N) – no way without a saw. Interestingly, the next part of the range (where the glacier ends) lacks vegetation.

On our way back we detected no easy entry up to the ridge. Thus it was planned to climb either the chain (700 m) from its SW side where our camp was, or to try to follow there the valley of the creek Inqquassaap kua (only 400 m ascent), parallel to the Jespersen valley and to enter this from NW. Unfortunately, we got a lot of rain the other day, visibility less than 80 m (beginning at 100 m altitude). The situation remained stable for several days. With respect to our time table we had to return to Igaliku, from where we hiked to Julianehåb (Qaqortoq).


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#1: view NE to the CP
#2: view N
#3: view S
#4: view E
#5: view W
#6: GPS
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