American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Canada, Canadian Arctic, Kingnait Fiord, Baffin Island

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  • Publication Year: 1973

Kingnait Fiord, Baffin Island. In August I led a small expedition to Baffin Island, and was accompanied by Caroline Cochran, Cecil Grace, Gerald McCue and Richard Kullberg. Our objective was to seek more unexplored mountains. After an attempt to reach the Clyde River area was aborted by difficulty with Nordair flights from Frobisher Bay, we flew to Pangnirtung. From there we continued 80 miles by freighter canoe up Kingnait Fiord. Great difficulties were encountered and we had to use the canoe as an “icebreaker” in the heavy pack ice. From our landing site we backpacked 15 miles up a previously unexplored valley to a large glacier and some very spectacular peaks. One snow peak (c. 5700 feet) and two minor summits were climbed, but an early season blizzard prevented further ascents.

George Van B. Cochran

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