In Kangaamiut: modern houses rented from the locals.
Hotel in Maniitsoq
-The helitime allowances are split on a pro rata basis between the group. As part of the package I have allocated 6 hours of helitime for each group. Additional heli hours are available at the cost of €3000/hr.
-Accommodation and food:
We'll stay close to the local population and their daily routine. We'll rent houses from a few of the families, and gather together in the evening for our home cooked meal. Regina, our hostess, whips up hearty meals including local fish and meats (halibut, musk ox and reindeer all feature on the menu). She also sells wine and beer (beware Greenlandic prices!)
There is also a small supermarket in the village where you can stock up on extra snacks or drinks for your houses. However, the price includes all meals and also a picnic heliski lunch.
The houses are warm and comfortable and most have stereo, DVD player, as well as showers, drying and laundry facilities. Due to the extreme cold in the winter months and the bare granite nature of the island the toilet facilities use a bag system which is emptied and collected daily.
-Helicopters and safety:
Air Greenland supplies AeroSpatiale Squirrel (aka A Star/Ecureil) AS350 B3 helicopters equipped for Arctic flying (HF radio, inflatable skids, survival bags). These are operated with four guests in the rear seat and the guide flying up front in a single seat.
Pilots have both heliski and Arctic experience.
Each machine has sat phone and GPS. Flight following is via VHF radio to the Tower in Kangerlussuaaq and Air Greenland heli-base in Nuuk. There is an emergency back up from another Squirrel operating to the south of us and if required a 19 seat Sikorsky is one and a half hours away in Nuuk.
All guides carry a sat phone.
I'm a Swiss trained, American born, mountain guide living in Verbier, Switzerland. I guide my clients backcountry skiing in winter and mountaineering in the summer. Many of my clients are repeat clients with whom I have been sharing experiences together for over 20 years.
I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. Helping my father break horses as soon as I could walk certainly helped me acquire a taste of adventure. I left the Hawaiian islands to attend JSC in northern Vermont and discovered winter. Majoring in Urban and Environmental planning increased my desire to explore the outdoors, and with the ski slopes of northern Vermont in my back yard, the addiction to winter skiing and ice climbing and summer rock climbing set in.
I moved to Verbier, Switzerland in 1983. Some of my climbing partners were local guides and encouraged me to enter the Swiss Mountain Guide’s Training program. I began my first course in the winter of ’91 and received my UIAGM status two and a half years later.
I'm passionate about my guiding and sharing these alpine and maritime experiences with my clients. Over the years, they have become very close friends and through mutual confidence, are able to extend their reach further and further into the mountains. My approach through cognitive behavioral coaching, heightens these shared experiences and enables us to enjoy all our life experiences to their fullest.
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