The Great Route – Exploring Greenland’s ice caps to experience climate change

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At Standup Journal, we celebrate the men and women who are utilizing watersports to raise awareness and promote advocacy for the environment. Every one of us that takes a stand inspires others to look at their own daily practices and do the same.  That’s why, when we saw Fanatic SUP team rider Michael Walther’s jaw-dropping, scenic and powerful film, The Great Route, we knew we wanted to hear more.

Fanatic SUP the great route Michael Walther Daniell Bohnhoff
Along Greenland’s rugged icebergs, temps hover at -15 degrees Celsius. This is not your average place to SUP. Photo by: Daniell Bohnhof

“Rugged icebergs from centuries of ice. The silence, the sheer endlessness of the polar region’s quietude. No soul far and wide, only nature and myself.”

In the Stillness of Greenland’s Arctic Shelf

In May of 2018, Daniell Bohnhof, Max Stolarow and Michael Walther traveled to Greenland to experience up close the impact climate change was having on daily lives in the arctic. Powered by boat and their inflatable stand up paddleboard, these three explorers reached into the farthest north to hear about how rising temperatures and changes to ice flow patterns was changing the world for Greenland’s coastal citizens.

On their way, they traveled through Aasiaat, a small town comprised of 5,600 residents located on the southern tip of Disco Bay in Greenland. There, they spoke with locals about how the shifting ice masses brought about fundamental changes to daily life in the northern region.

Fanatic SUP Michael Walther the greate route Greenland
Aasiaat, a coastal fishing town, is locked in by ice throughout winter. However, local changes in temperature make travel overland (usually by dog-sled) hazardous, as the shifting ice – less every year – keeps residents landlocked for months at a time. Photo by: Daniell Bohnhof

The Great Route: Climate Change in the Arctic

Walther, entering the waters on his inflatable stand up paddleboard, tells an incredible story of their experience. Landlocked on icebergs, temps hovering around -15 degrees (a warming according to the locals) the team begins to understand how rising temperatures are having a startling effect to life on the planet, starting in the extreme north.

Michael Walther Fanatic SUP the great route Greenland
They couldn’t get where they were going by boat, due to dangerous ice floes, so Walther inflates his SUP to explore the icebergs. Photo by: Daniel Bohnhof

Read the Full Story in Standup Journal

You can read the full adventure of Walther, Bonhoff and Stolarow in the Winter 2020 Issue of Standup Journal, on newsstands through March 21st, 2020. Rich with spectacular imagery, chilling in detail (pun intended) and a call to the future to protect our waters, The Great Route: The Impact of Climate Change by Michael Walther will haunt you with its beauty for a long time. Pick up a copy at your local Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Gelson’s Markets or subscribe here to be a part of the majesty 4X per year.

Michael Walther’s award winning film, The Great Route, about this same expedition is now available in it’s entirety.  You can view the trailer in the link above.

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.