These are images from the July 1997 British expedition to a previously unvisited part of the Champs Elysées Glacier in East Greenland. The pictures have been arranged to look pretty on the page rather than to tell the story in chronological sequence. And so they belie our huge frustration at being grounded for a week by bad weather in the bleak setting of Kulusuk Airport. A short boat excursion to the nearby Angmassalik Island with my friend Colin Cameron was a pleasant interlude, but we were really only killing time. When the weather finally broke, we were flown in to our chosen area by helicopter, and then began the making up for lost days - the frantic "bagging " of a number of previously unclimbed mountain summits. It felt absurd to be under this time constraint in a landscape which had seen no human presence since Genesis One, playing a game which only Man could have invented.

Photographed on Fuji Velvia slide film in 1997
 

Champs Elysées Glacier

Heading for the aircraft pick-up point

Iceberg, Angmassalik

Iceberg, Angmassalik

Jane`s Peak from Peak Adriana

Iceberg, Angmassalik

Heading for the aircraft pick-up point

Champs Elsyées Glacier from low on
Jane`s Peak

Paul Walker`s group moving camp

Colin Cameron at our
base camp

Moonrise over an unclimbed peak,
Champs Elysées Glacier

Waiting out the first day of fog,
Champs Elysées Glacier

Husky dog home, Kulusuk

Ian Swarbrick and husky pup, Kulusuk

Thick harbour ice, Kulusuk

Inside of Kulusuk church

Thick harbour ice, Kulusuk

Thick harbour ice, Kulusuk

A sea of untrodden peaks seen from the
summit of Jane`s Peak

View down on the Champs Elysées
Glacier from the summit of Peak Adriana

Colin Cameron claiming an
unclimbed summit for Scotland