American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Greenland, Italian Expedition to Qioqe Peninsula, Northwest Greenland

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  • Publication Year: 1967

Italian Expedition to Qioqe Peninsula, Northwest Greenland. North of Umanak and of Alfred Wegener’s Halv-oe, between mighty fjords, lies a peninsula, whose mountains rise directly from sea level to 7500 feet, often with impressive cliffs. Broad glaciers descend into the sea and send icebergs out into the fjord. This Qioqe peninsula was the goal of an expedition of the Tortona section of the Club Alpino Italiano, led by Dr. Bruno Barabino, and composed of Silvio Borsetti, Mauro Caligaris, Carlo Pedenovi, Pigi Taverna and me. During the three weeks we were there, we managed to make the first crossing of the peninsula from one fjord to the other (with three camps) by means of a 4250-foot col and on July 16 to climb the highest peak (c. 7500 feet). On the 13th we climbed a 5800-foot mountain where we could make a complete panorama of three fjords and the mountains around them. We have been able to make corrections of the maps of the region. Such magnificent fjords and mountains will certainly attract others. We left Milan on June 27 and traveled by plane, helicopter, coastal steamer and motorboat to arrive on July 5. The return trip started on July 24 and ended on August 5.

Kurt Diemberger, Österreichischer Alpenklub

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