Conquering the majority of glaciers on the planet is a serious undertaking, one that will require a fair amount of resources, planning, lots of moving pieces and, of course, some rather serious flying. Here is a rough idea of the order of events as.
While glacier photography has been undertaken with sole support from the Founder, future aspects of the plan require an addition of resources which depends on external support. Fundraising is in focus so that necessary events can be put into motion so that glacier photography in the coming years can continue unabated.
Our focus has been on photographing the glaciers. After all, glacial melt does not pause for our plans. As the organization develops and matures, it is our aim to build a larger collaboration and outreach engine.
It is one thing to photograph the glaciers; it is another to share the images with the rest of the world. The Alps and glaciers of southern Norway have been photographed. The mass of tens of thousands of images are being sorted through for distribution in various channels. Sometimes it takes more time and effort than the flying and photography itself!
The summer of 2023 is reserved for basing in northern Norway, to fly the glaciers from roughly Mo i Rana, north to the top of the country, including a few over the border in the mountains of northern Sweden.
After great deliberation and research, it has been decided that disassembling, shipping, and reassembling the aircraft for shipment to Iceland is the cheapest and safest way to go. That will take place in early spring of 2024, for a summer season in Iceland.
A third aircraft will need to be acquired and based for the glaciers of Canada and Alaska. This section of the world features the most non-polar ice mass that is the subject of our focus and will easily require many, many years to achieve. The research process pertains to bases of operation, an aircraft to acquire, and other challenges to overcome.
Research for a housing arrangement for flying seasons, as well as research regarding the best way to disassemble and ship one of the fleet aircraft to and from New Zealand.
A four to five month stay is necessary in New Zealand, in the southern hemisphere summer, to complete photography of the glaciers there.
The process continues.
While the Founder speaks Spanish, South America is a complex, rugged, and difficult place to operate, with glaciers spanning from 16,000-foot peaks on the Caribbean slopes of Colombia down to Tierra del Fuego, along with the highest peaks of the Western Hemisphere in between. It is a lot of ground to cover and complements the Southern Hemisphere strategy of doubling annual flights.
Provided that necessary logistical and financial support is in place, then glaciers of South America can be targeted in the southern hemisphere summer.
Provided that the preceding glaciers are completed, then work would begin in the largest mountains on earth.