x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Hayes completes epic trek

The Dubai-based adventurer Adrian Hayes has completed his 4,260km kite-skiing trek across Greenland.

Adventurers Devon Crowe, Adrian Hayes and Derek McDairmid complete theyr crossing of Greenland using kite skis and brute force.
Adventurers Devon Crowe, Adrian Hayes and Derek McDairmid complete theyr crossing of Greenland using kite skis and brute force.

The Dubai-based adventurer Adrian Hayes completed his 4,260km kite-skiing trek across Greenland early today, the 67th day of his epic journey. Hayes, and the Canadians Derek Crowe and Devon McDiarmid, arrived at Greenland's northwestern coastline at 4.30am (UAE time) today. "We've made it," Hayes announced on the website www.greenlandquest.com. "After 67 days and 4262 kms, at 10.30 pm Greenland time 25/7, 00.30 GMT and, 04.30 UAE (26/7) we arrived at the head of MacCormick Fjord, near to Qaanaq. Mission accomplished! We're delighted - and can't quite believe its over." "It took 13 hours to cover the final 10-12 kms - the slowest 10km race any of us have ever taken but then the others weren't hauling two sleds over down and around a mountain! "If it wasn't so hard it would have been laughable. The sleds - designed to glide on ice - didn't enjoy crashing over rocks quite so much and were totally trashed by the end. No choice unfortunately, its the only way off the ice cap. "But whilst the sleds arrived a little worse for wear, we've arrived safe and well. And healthy."