(Virtual) Glacial Climb Challenge!

February is my birthday month, and it seems like lots of people have been raising money for charities and other great causes for their birthdays. I’ve decided to do something a little different.

Instead of fundraising, I’m raising vertical gain!

For 2019, I’ve taken on the goal of reaching 400,000 vertical feet of human-powered ascent, and a few dozen folks have jumped onboard — I’m just past 45,000 so far, and it’s great to see and hear about everyone’s vertical adventures! Check out the Facebook & Strava groups.

For my birthday, though, I’d love to get as many people involved as possible — whether you do a daily walk with your dog or climb laps on frozen waterfalls, this is a challenge for you (& a great present for me)!!

So…

For the month of February, I challenge you to:

  1. Choose a glacier from the list below.
  2. Use the 2018 projected glacial melt data as a goal for your weekly vertical ascent.
  3. Use your watch or phone (or math!) to keep track of your ascent.
  4. Share it far and wide & let people know the glacier in whose name you’re pushing your limits and why! Use the hashtag #VN400K and tag Climate Run and Velocity North where you can.
  5. Have fun!

What’s with all these glaciers?

This list is taken from The World Glacier Monitoring Service and represents glaciers from around the world in the greatest jeopardy from warming climates. The melt for each of the years 2016-2018 is given in millimeters of water equivalent (mm w.e.), which means that the ice loss is measured as the depth of water spread across the surface of the entire glacier.

For example, a glacier with a 2018 mass balance of -1697 mm w.e., for example, like the Goldbergkees Glacier in Austria, lost 1.7 meters, or 5.5 feet of water equivalent over that one year.

For example:

I’m choosing Ålfotbreen, the ‘westernmost and most maritime glacier in Norway,’ which lost 2 meters of water equivalent, or 2040 mm w.e. in 2018. Throughout February, I’ll learn more about the glacier, its surroundings, and the impact the melt may have on the region’s ecology and social systems. I’ll try to maintain my upward pace to meet 2,040 vertical feet each week, and share what happens along the way.

That simple 🙂

See you up there!

Glacier and Location201620172018 (EST)
AUSTRIA
Goldbergkees-860-1806-1697
Hintereisferner-1263-1826-1963
Jamtalferner-800-1825-2277
Kesselwandferner-500-1054-1619
Kleinfleisskees-432-1791-1377
Obersulzbachkees-467-655
Pasterze-1163-1593-1400
Stubacher Sonnblickkees-828-1850
Vernagtferner-781-1335-1550
Wurtenkees-1250-1706
Zettalunitz/Mullwitz-858-1340-1239
CANADA
Devon Ice Cap NW-483-153
Helm-1280-907
Peyto-1844-819
Place-1330-1605
CHILE
Echaurren Norte-2284-353
CHINA
Urumqi Glacier No.1-780-682-711
COLOMBIA
Conejeras-5545-4265
FRANCE
Argentìere-680-1500
Gebroulaz-410-1180
Ossoue-1370-5010
Saint Sorlin-1140-2640
Sarennes-1510-3001-1960
ICELAND
Hofsjökull E-1330-650
Hofsjökull N-1130-610
Langjökull Ice Cap-1677-959
Tungnarjökull-1415-449
ITALY
Calderone-1041-594
Campo Settentrionale-840-1856-1325
Careser-1748-2747-1981
Ciardoney-1800-1390
Fontana Bianca/Weissbrunnferner-1312-1880
La Mare (southern branch)-654-1904
Lunga/Langenferner-1010-2066
Lupo-973-1347-1751
Malavalle / Übeltalferner-871-1207
Pendente / Hangender Ferner-1195-1589
Suretta Meridionale-1336-2283-2441
Vedretta Occ. di Ries/Westlicher Rieserferner-793-1239
KYRGYZSTAN
Bordu-450-1480-870
Karabatkak-390-1120-810
Sary-Tor-790-1340-540
NEPAL
Changri Nup-750-2560-2100
Mera-200-560-730
Pokalde-460-890-1290
NORWAY
Ålfotbreen-635-750-2040
Engabreen-2261249-1260
Graasubreen-415-708-1900
Hansebreen-1304-1179
Hellstugubreen-339-591-1600
Storbreen-804-517-770
PERU
Artesonraju-1598-736
Yanamarey-2505-1032
SVALBARD
Austre Broeggerbreen-1450-790-880
Austre Lovenbreen
Hansbreen-1078-697
Irenebreen-1468-1420
Midtre Lovenbreen-1200-640-760
Waldemarbreen-1773-1425
SWITZERLAND
Allalin-269-1778-801
Basodino-979-963
Clariden-424-1196
Corbassiere-450-1336
Corvatsch-S-751-1976
Findelen-723-944
Gietro-414-1666-664
Gries-1191-2437-2045
Hohlaub-437-1791
Murtel-462-1408
Pizol-699-1652
Plaine Morte-248-2277
Rhone-454-1248
Sankt Anna-926-1123
Schwarzbach-1083-1554
Schwarzberg-164-1768
Sex Rouge-144-2541
Silvretta-606-1513-1744
Tsanfleuron-226-2242
USA
Columbia (2057)-1180-750-630
Daniels-640-540-680
Easton-820-260-500
Gulkana-1400-1510
Ice Worm-780-570-750
Lemon Creek-1200-1480-2310
Lower Curtis-1550-650-820
Lynch-1420-320-640
Taku-780-950-1380
Wolverine-400-1160
Yawning-960-640-480

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