THE WHITE TRAP
“They’ve risked everything to pursue their passion”
— GEORGES PERNOUD —
— All alone in their kayaks, they hug the coastline of East Greenland
August 2012. Two adventurers explore the Arctic Ocean using only the strength of their arms to carry them along, aboard heavy kayaks laden with provisions. All around them lie majestic ice giants drifting slowly to the south, at the whim of the East Greenland current.
Alban Michon and Vincent Berthet are trying to reach Ittoqqortoormiit, a tiny colony numbering just 450 people, located at 70° north latitude. From Ammassalik, their starting point, to the hamlet that is their destination, there are a thousand kilometres to cross. The days are spent hugging one of the wildest coastlines in the world. The Far North has wondrous spectacles to show these two men. The Northern Lights, setting the sky on fire, monumental icebergs grinding and cracking beneath their own weight and veritable ice cathedrals of purest white, tinted by lagoon-blue shades. It is the Arctic landscape in its purest, rawest form; a festival of austere beauty.
During his stopovers, Alban rigs up his equipment and plunges into the icy waters. He dives in quest of the fragile and little-known wildlife which quietly lives its out life in these extreme conditions. Some of Alban’s most unforgettable memories are when a curious polar bear visits him, and when he finds himself face to face with a Greenland shark during a night dive!
During their travels, the two men face dangers to defy the imagination. They are even forced to spend a night at sea on board their kayaks when they find themselves stuck in brash ice in the middle of a snowstorm. But there’s no question of stopping, despite the bad weather. The clock is ticking before winter sets in and the “white trap” closes its jaws on them…
In Le Piège Blanc, we find the telling of a human-interest adventure of rare intensity.
SUIVEZ ALBAN SUR LES RÉSEAUX SOCIAUX
© Alban Michon 2018 | Design LevelUp / Nako
Crédits photos / vidéos : Andy Parant, Thomas Vollaire, Cédric Viollet, Benoit Poyelle, Franck Fougère, René Heuzey, Mattéo Rivoli, Vincent Berthet, Le cinquième Rêve.