American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Greenland, Swiss-French Expedition

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  • Publication Year: 1959

Swiss-French Expedition. The Swiss, René Dittert, Victor Lasserre, and Rodolphe Tissières, and the French, Dr. Roger Bretton and Robert Gréloz, spent August climbing on the west coast of Greenland near Sukkertoppen, not far from the Arctic Circle. Their first camp was on Ikamiutfjord, where the mountains reminded them of the Chamonix aiguilles. They made the first ascents of Point 1730 (5676 feet), Point 1580 (5184 feet), Point 1190 (3904 feet), and Point 1299 (4262 feet). From a camp on Kangiussak Bay, of Evighedsfjord, they climbed peaks they likened to the Alps of the Valais. These were Point 2140 (7021 feet), the highest point of the range to the south of Evighedsfjord, Point 1780 (5840 feet), Peak 1908 (6260 feet), Peak 2060 (6759 feet), Point 1980 (6496 feet), and Point 1240 (4150 feet). All of the climbs were difficult and took from 15 to 20 hours.

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