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North America, Greenland, Qiouqe and Alfred Wegener Peninsulas, West Greenland

Qioqe and Alfred Wegener Peninsulas, West Greenland. The Upper Hesse Greenland Expedition had as its objective unclimbed peaks in the Qioqe peninsula at 72° N. Members were Robert Kreuzinger, leader, and his wife Anne, Kurt Diemberger, climbing leader and the only Austrian, Karl-Heinz Bock, Wolfgang Rauschel, Wolf Reuter and Hans Lautensach. They flew on July 9 to Søndre Strømfjord and on by helicopter to Umanak, 60 miles from their goal. The final leg was made by chartered cutter in excellent weather, which stayed with them nearly the whole month, which seems to be normal. They set up Base Camp on July 11 four miles from the end of the fjord on the south side of Qioqe Peninsula looking across at Alfred Wegener Peninsula. From there they could also move by inflatable boat powered by an outboard motor. On the Qioqe Peninsula they made some six first ascents, the highest of which was called “Mont Blanc” (2159 meters or 7084 feet on the Greenland maps but 2260 meters or 7415 feet by their aneroid). On July 26 Diemberger and Rauschel climbed the difficult southwest ridge of this peak after being transported to the base of the ridge by boat. On July 30 Anne Kreuzinger, Diemberger and Bock made the first ascent by its east ridge of Akuliarusikavsak (1510 meters or 5266 feet) at the head of the fjord. From July 29 to 31 Reuter and Rauschel traversed from east to west the whole northern range of the Wegener Peninsula. These eleven peaks ranged from 5915 to 4518 feet. The first seven were first ascents, the last four having been climbed only 19 days before by an Italian expedition. (From communications sent by Diemberger and Kreuzinger.)