Reflections of Greenland
At the end of a trip, where do our adventures fit into the scope of our lives? In a lifetime, how do our expeditions and climbs and epics all add up?
This project, created by Outdoor Research Climbing Ambassador Sarah Garlick, tells the story of her 2010 expedition to southern Greenland, where she and teammates Jim Surette, Danika Gilbert, and Dave Nettle established a new route on a remote, 600-meter granite wall.
For me, the return home from a climbing expedition is a tumultuous time. You’re immediately faced with the smack of regular life: you’ve spent more money than you expected, you haven’t worked for weeks or months, and the little counter in your email inbox has reached triple or even quadruple digits. In this hectic aftermath, I’ve found that my experiences, which had been so strong and immediate, can easily fade away into the background of my life. But Greenland was different. It has been a year exactly since we returned and Greenland has stayed with me with a richness that has been hard to describe in words alone. To share the story of our experiences, I put together this video with imagery and sounds that everyone on the climbing team gathered during the trip. I’m indebted to my partners, Jim Surette, Dave Nettle, and Danika Gilbert, for their spirit, skill, and generosity, and to the Copp-Dash Inspire Award for making our journey and its story come to life.
-Sarah Garlick, Sept. 1, 2011