Hiking Mt. Dundas, Greenland

Paul and I are in Thule, doing some work for GrIT (Greenland Inland Traverse). After work we decided to do the classic climb of Mt Dundas- which is a steep but flat topped mountain just outside of town. Here’s a couple pics.

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Picture of Thule taken from the air during the 1960’s, Mt Dundas in background. The trail up the mountain is highlighted in red

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View from the top, looking north over Wolstenholme Fjord

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The view of Thule as it is today.

 

9 thoughts on “Hiking Mt. Dundas, Greenland

  • I was stationed @ Fhule AB, Greenland from Jan 1, 1958 until Jun 1, 1958 when I was transferred to Offutt AFB Bellevue, NE. I would like, if possible, to be refreshed ref; The height of Mt. Dundas in Feet. Thank you! Forrest Slater, Jr. USAF 1956-60.

    • Wow Forrest, you were in Thule during its heyday! That must have been a very busy, exciting, scary time! Thanks for your service! Mt. Dundas shoots straight out of the sea and tops out at 724ft.

  • Hey, I was showing my boyfriend pictures of Greenland to show him where I traveled…in 2007 I climb Mt Dundas and wrote my name on a rock at the top…and I was thinking how cool would it be to zoom in and see my name…well I did…and there it was!!! Erica Riley Nova Scotia!!!!!! Just thought I’d share this cool experience with you! Thanks :)

  • I was stationed at Thule from June of 1955 to June of 1956.I was in the Army as a radio operator, but the ground forces at Thule used telephone communications. Time on my hands. When an audition notice was posted for an announcer opening at radio station KBIC [Keerist, But It’s Cold], I went for it. I was picked by the USAF major [Mortenson] to report to South Mountain, where the tv station [KOLD, Channel 8, LOGO = black eight-ball]. They had a big map of the world on the wall behind me, and I did a live news telecast from 11:00 PM to 11:30 PM each night. I was broken in by an old pro, Ed Dawkins, a six-stripe-er in the USAF, who, Ted Williams-like, had served in WW II, then got called back up for Korea and decided to go for 20. From noon or one pm each day I had the teletype pouring out news. My job was to go through it all and select stories for the night broadcast. I was Army and the rest of the staff was all Air Force. We got along great and they were a great team to work with. Major Mortenson was the type of officer you hope to serve. He was soft-spoken, laid back, knowledgeable … you just wanted to get it right under his guidance. Thanks for this page and the opportunity to recall those beautiful memories.
    Tom Corrigan, KOLD-TV, Channel 8 – Thule Air Force Base, Greenland, signing off.

    • Of the three tours I did at Thule, with the Air Force, I climbed Mount Dundas only once, sometime in the light season of 1976. Beautiful view in any direction as far as the eye could see. Got some great pictures.
      Dundas Village was occupied by Danish civilians then. It was a communication station of some sort (been to long to remember) and was accessible 9 months by an ice road carved across the frozen bay. As a Security police working the base patrol every so often, I’d “illegally” depart the base (on a mid shift), drive to Dundas Village, and back across North Mountain. Had I been needed to respond to any situation I would have been in trouble. Thankfully, none ever occurred. By 1986 Dundas was closed as it was no longer needed, as was P-Mountain (another great site to drive to).
      The people are what made Thule a good assignment. One year with people you would get close to. Do crazy, but not illegal stuff. In ’79, after working a 15-2300 shift, we returned to the barracks and found we were out of ice in the dayroom fridge. 3 of us got a ride to the bay, then walked out to an iceberg and, using an ice pick we found in the utility closet, filled a number of large trash bags with ice.
      Thanks for posting the pics. It’s brought back some great memories.

  • I was stationed at Thule from 1978 to 1979 on a missile warning crew with the 12th Missile Warning Squadron. Was kinda scary riding on the bus to P-Mountain during Phase 2 conditions. All you could see were the phase markers along the road. Also climbed Mt. Dundas with friends. A lot of fun at the time. Also got to go out on to the glaciers in that area. Still have a cotton hat from the Canadians Camp Alert. I managed to have one of the Canadians Air Force guys get one for me on one of their supply trips to Alert, which was a lot closer to the Arctic Circle than we were at Thule. They always stopped at Thule on the way north and on the way back. I won a photo contest while there with a photo of one of the 4 scanning radars titled “The Way Home”. Enjoyed my year there but, was glad when it was over. I was back a second time in April 1980 as an investigator while stationed at SAC Headquarters when Thules tracking radar radome caught fire and burned down. Bittersweet memories!

    • I was e-mailed your piece on Mount Dundas because I was stationed at Thule from June ’55 through June ’56 as an Army radio operator who became the news broadcaster-announcer after auditions. I was the sole Army member of the KOLD-TV, Channel 8 AFRTS Air Force staff [behind the 8 ball] tv crew on South Mountain. I spent hours scanning an unstoppable teletype machine for news stories to edit for a nightly live televised news report lasting a half hour each night. Other duties were maintaining our film library, patching/splicing film. Great serving with a great crew.

      Tom Corrigan

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