Yukoners reach northern tip of Greenland

Last week, Yukoners Devon McDiarmid, 34, and Derek Crowe, 34, as well as British adventurer Adrian Hayes, 44, became only the second group of kite-skiers to reach the northern tip of Greenland starting from the base of the island.

Last week, Yukoners Devon McDiarmid, 34, and Derek Crowe, 34, as well as British adventurer Adrian Hayes, 44, became only the second group of kite-skiers to reach the northern tip of Greenland starting from the base of the island. From the tip to their final destination, Qaanaq, it’s all new territory.

“We’re going back down (partway) to save on the pick-up cost,” McDiarmid said before leaving for the trip.

As of Friday, the adventurers were down to their last 405 kilometres of their 3,500-kilometre trip. However, the winds must co-operate to keep that distance from growing.

“And we’re going everything but in straight line the past week,” wrote Hayes on Wednesday. “With the wind continuing to blow in our faces, that ‘distance to go’ will probably end up at well over 800 kilometres.

“Today we again ended up further away from our finish point, Qaanaq, than our location this morning.”

As of day 62 of a trip they hoped to finish in 65, the adventure seekers have been struggling with food supplies for about a month.

“Our obsession with food continues,” wrote Hayes on Wednesday. “Apart from talking about it incessantly, we are creating all sorts of salivating inventions in ways to make it extend beyond 65 days, which Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsey would be proud of. Not least using butter in everything that moves and the remaining dust from pulverized biscuits to bulk up every meal.

“Not as enticing as a plate of spare ribs, of course—and I could well do with some of them right now.”

Besides hunger pangs, Crowe and Hayes are dealing with other discomforts resulting from long hours in the kite-ski harness and a fall a couple weeks ago. But there is little else they can do but continue on through the pain, said Hayes.

“(I’m) in a fair bit of pain from a nasty fall a week ago when trying to fix a broken sled rope on the move, which resulted in me being launched skywards (and) landing hard on my back,” wrote Hayes on Wednesday. “A heavily bruised or cracked rib the result, which is getting worse—probably from the total absence of any rest!

“Devon’s hip bones are causing him problems too—and when such expeditions are not resupplied you just have to resolve them with whatever resources you have.”

Besides seeking adventure, the three explorers are collecting information for scientific research and are hoping to raise awareness about climate change.

Working with an environmental group called One Planet Living and some Danish and Canadian polar researchers, the trio is collecting samples and observing wildlife on the journey.

Those interested can follow their progress and learn more about their trip at http://www.greenlandquest.com.

Contact Tom Patrick at


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Yukon RCMP are making an appeal for information in the case of Mary Ann Ollie, who was murdered in Ross River last year and whose case remains unsolved. (Black Press file)
Yukon youth being extorted online

Yukon RCMP say they’ve received three reports of youth being extorted on… Continue reading

Fines for contravening the fire ban start at $1,150 and could go as high as $100,000. File photo
Yukon campgrounds will open on May 1 this year. (Black Press file)
Yukon campgrounds to open early

Yukon campgrounds will open on May 1 this year. The early opening… Continue reading

Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce executive director Susan Guatto and program manager Andrei Samson outside the chamber office in downtown Whitehorse Feb. 23. (Stephanie Waddell, Yukon News)
When business models shift

Whitehorse chamber offers digital marketing workshop

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: The aesthetics and economics of highway strips

One of the many cultural experiences you enjoy while driving from Whitehorse… Continue reading

Artwork by Grade 2 student Faith showing her thanks for everyone.
Artwork by Grade 2 student Faith showing her thanks for everyone. (Submitted)
Yukon kids express gratitude for nature, pets and friends in art campaign

More than 50 children submitted artwork featuring things they are grateful for

Tom Ullyett, pictured, is the first Yukoner to receive the Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence from the Canadian Bar Association for his work as a community builder and mentor in the territory. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Tom Ullyett wins lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Bar Association

Ullyett has worked in the Yukon’s justice ecosystem for 36 years as a public sector lawyer and mentor

The Blood Ties outreach van will now run seven nights a week, thanks to a boost in government funding. Logan Godin, coordinator, and Jesse Whelen, harm reduction counsellor, are seen here on May 12, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Blood Ties outreach van running seven nights a week with funding boost

The Yukon government is ramping up overdose response, considering safe supply plan

Ranj Pillai speaks to media about business relief programs in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. The Yukon government announced Feb.25 that it will extend business support programs until September. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Government extends business relief programs to September, launches new loan

“It really gives folks some help with supporting their business with cash flow.”

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week

Bylaw amendment Whitehorse city council is moving closer with changes to a… Continue reading

Susie Rogan is a veteran musher with 14 years of racing experience and Yukon Journey organizer. (Yukon Journey Facebook)
Yukon Journey mushers begin 255-mile race

Eleven mushers are participating in the race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. As the legislature prepares to return on March 4, the three parties are continuing to finalize candidates in the territory’s 19 ridings. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Nine new candidates confirmed in Yukon ridings

It has been a busy two weeks as the parties try to firm up candidates

David Malcolm, 40, has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm a police officer after an incident in Whitehorse on Feb. 18. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Man resists arrest, assaults officer

A Whitehorse man has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm… Continue reading

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on Aug. 4, 2020. A site on Robert Service Way near the Alaska Highway has been selected as the future home of Yukon Energy’s energy storage project. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Site selected for Yukon Energy battery project

Planned to be in service by the end of 2022

Most Read