Historical mess

By plantigrade on 2014.09.22 In Traceless roaming





I just spent the last three months in the Disko Bay area in Greenland working for a local tourist company. A lot of my time in Greenland I spent at the companys glacier camp at Eqi some 80 km north of Ilulissat. The location of the camp, has historically been used as a launching point for expeditions on the Inland Ice. Alfred de Quervain and Alfred Wegener both had expeditions starting at Eqi in the first part of the 20’th century and in 1948 Paul Emile Victor led a series of expeditions, using the Eqi area to unload his 90 tons of material that had come there by ship. Victor set up his first camp where World Of Greenland now has their glacier camp. From here the French expedition made its way to the Inland Ice. Not only can you still visit the old expedition cabin from their first camp, but all over the place you can find loads of tin cans, fuel drums, timber and other remains. At first glance, it’s quite interresting to find and look at all the stuff lying around. But also, when you think about it, it’s really a mess. Not only is there lot’s of rubbish around the camp. In the morraine at The Ice Cap, there’s parts of several aluminium sleds, canvas tarps, tins and even a door from one of their weasels. Even on th ice itself we found stuff coming out of the ice.





I agree that, what they threw away as rubbish, today has a historical value. I also realize that bringing all the waste back from an expedition isn’t of hihgest priority. But still I find it disturbing that it’s just a matter of time before your waste goes from being what it is, a mess, to being a tourist attraction and something of historical value. I also realize that middens and so on, which have played an important role in learning about the ways of ancient cultures, basically is waste that people have just thrown over the shoulder. But still, what I saw in Greenland was all made of materials that really didn’t belong there.

I guess when you’re on an expedition, traceless roaming isn’t considered to be of any importance.





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