My mind was already busy with the next day’s part of the journey: the crossing of Disko Island inland’s mountain range across two glaciers. The longest and probably the most dangerous one of my whole journey to Disko Island. At that time I was quite occupied with thinking about what to do to be best prepared. I check again the maps, the Google Earth satellite pictures of the area that I took with me, compared everything with what I could and in my head I charted tomorrows way.
About 27 to 29 km was the length of the next day’s trip. Practically all of that was to be hiked on top of the glacier till I can leave it at its other end. Some years ago it would have significantly shorter but the glacier tongue at its western end grew by some 10 to 15 km. A striking difference that I became aware of when comparing the Saga Maps of Disko Islands with what can be seen at Google Earth. That particular glacier tongue has also been studied in various research paper and was at some time one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world.
29 km is not a piece of cake considering the weight of my backpack being still quite loaded. However, my intention was not to camp on the glacier.
I wanted to make sure to be in the best physical condition possible and prepared for an extended resting period. I made some extra-size meal to get my belly filled up and satisfied. I drunk some warm tee and went to bed, i.e. sleeping bag.
That night (night does not fit very well, as there is no night in the sense that its dark and you see stars – it’s more or less as light as during “day”) I slept very well. That night/day there was no sun that warmed up my tent to sauna temperatures early in the morning like sometimes. I got as much sleep as required.