As someone from the UK, I don’t usually take much note of the fourth of July - or Independence Day as it’s more widely known in the United States.
I was slightly more aware of it when I was nine years old; growing up in Alaska for four years of my childhood…
High above the bustling valleys and roads, and the packed, groomed ski slopes of the European Alps, there is a more tranquil, albeit challenging way of getting around. Ski touring between the two most recognisable summits in Europe, Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn, a route exists, connecting the historic capitals of mountaineering, Chamonix in France, and Zermatt in Switzerland.
It feels strange. Sitting in a coffee shop, warm, dry and with endless food and drinks if we want them. No more daily rations of dehydrated food and energy bars, filtering water or continuing along this summer's daily trend of making progress each day as we move to the next camp spot - making progress in latitude, longitude and mileage…
This is a very different update to the one we had hoped to provide.
We are safely in Utqiagvik / Barrow - where we had aimed to reach - but we're not here by kayaking as planned.
Despite making great progress along the Arctic coast, over the last few days of paddling through the historical inland route, we've witnessed some very real and hugely significant changes to the dynamics of the landscape up here.
The Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) is excited to announce the appointment of two new Explorers in Residence. Luke and Hazel Robertson were appointed as the society’s Explorers in Residence on Thursday 20th April, joining Craig Mathieson who also holds the title.