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Antartica, Royal Society Range

Royal Society Range. The peak at 78° 50' S and 163° W terminates a ridge running east and west. From a camp near the junction of the Walcott and Radian glaciers I followed the obvious corniced ridge. The 2000-foot climb consisted of easy step kicking. The peak at 78° 50' S and 162° 55' W, the highest on the ridge, was reached by crossing a high saddle from the previous peak. A black sickle-shaped dike was the key to the marble face, where the easy fifth-class climbing still made me wish I had a partner on the other end of the rope. This 4360-foot peak resembles Teewinot in the Tetons in the length of the climb, the shape of the mountain and the difficulty of the route. I made these solo climbs on January 7.

James Halfpenny, University of Wyoming Outing Club