events09 Jul 2018

The eternal ice and the steep cliffs of Greenland have drawn professional adventurer and extreme climber Stefan Glowacz into his next big project. On his spectacular “Coast to Coast” expedition, the BMW outdoor ambassador will cross the island from West to East by ski, sledge and sow kites and then free-climb an unclimbed rock face. Glowacz, who will be accompanied on his expedition by photographer Thomas Ulrich and his climbing partner Philipp Hans, will also travel to his destination in a sustainable way.

BMW i product line manager, Dr. Robert Irlinger, gave Glowacz the car keys to two BMW i3s as the starting signal for the approximately three-month expedition. The two fully packed vehicles were waiting at BMW Welt to take the adventurers and their equipment to Scotland emission-free at the local level. “Pioneering spirit and new approaches are our daily motivation also at BMW i. This is why we are supporting this project with great pleasure”, said Irlinger.

Dr Robert Irlinger handed over the car keys on 5 July 2018, marking the start of the three-month expedition

“Travelling the first leg of the journey in the BMW i3 is truly the dot on the i making our project the almost perfect sustainability expedition”, said Glowacz, who has reached many hard-to-access regions of the world in a very environment-friendly manner to then free-climb extremely demanding rock faces. “In our expeditions we have always been trying for several years now to reach our selected rock face under our own steam from the last outpost of civilisation.”

The 53-year-old adventurer is facing the unrelenting forces of nature in an environmentally sound manner, too. Around two and a half weeks are planned for sailing from the Scottish coast to the Western shores of Greenland. They will then cross the largest landbound ice surface in the world from West to East by kite-drawn sledges in around 30 to 40 days. A further two weeks are planned for climbing an up to 1,000m high rock face on the East coast of the island. Then the expedition members will once again travel by sailboat back to Scotland stopping over in Iceland and the Faroe Islands. “This route, which combines several adventures, is how I image a modern adventure to look like” says Glowacz.

Glowacz came up with the idea two years ago on his way to an expedition to the Canadian Baffin Island

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