American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Europe, Norway, Spitzbergen

  • Climbs And Expeditions
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  • Publication Year: 1956

Spitzbergen. There was a number of expeditions active in the mountains of Spitzbergen in the summer of 1955. An Austrian group from the Edelweiss Club in Salzburg under Dr. Walter Frauenberger of Nanga Parbat fame traveled as far as Bethasnia Bay of the inner Eisfjord with a party from Cambridge University. Thence they continued to Claas Billen Bay, where they landed at Brucebyen and established a base five days up the Stubendorff Glacier. They made 40 first ascents of peaks up to 5,575 feet and did extensive topographical and glaciological work. A Munich group was active on Western Spitzbergen between the Kreuzfjord and Liefde Bay and Woodfjord. An Austrian group made four ascents, the highest Nordensköllfyell (5,250 feet) which took only 18 days from Linz to Linz and involved no air travel.

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