American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Canada, Baffin Island, Cumberland Peninsula

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  • Publication Year: 1976

Cumberland Peninsula, Baffin Island. Maurice Dupont-Roc and his wife Andrée, Mme Martine Salembier, Mlle Martine Regnault, Charles Russignaga, Noël Humbert, Bernard Constantin, Patrice Bruner, the Swiss Hans Peter Duttle and I as leader spent 25 days on Cumberland Peninsula. We walked 120 miles, crossed countless swamps, rivers, sand and moraines. M. and Mme Dupont-Roc, Mme Salembier and Russignaga climbed Tête Blanche (7074 feet), the highest point on the island, from Camp III on an unnamed glacier between Turner and Highway Glaciers. This was a second ascent and the first female ascent. The approach and return were made by paddling up Summit and Glacier Lakes. Bruner, Duttle, Mlle Regnault, Constantin, Humbert and I from Summit Lake made the 8th ascent of Asgard, which measured 2070 meters (6792 feet) on my altimeter. Tirokwa Peak (c. 5900 feet) was given its 4th ascent by Constantin, Bruner, Russignaga, Humbert, M. and Mme Dupont-Roc, Mme Salembier and me. By a new route Bruner, Duttle, Constantin, Mme Salembier, Humbert, Mlle Regnault and I made the 4th ascent of Thor Peak (c. 5575 feet). In the course of a reconnaissance of the Merag Glacier, Mlle Regnault, Russignaga, M. Dupont-Roc and I made the 4th ascent of Moljnir. The twin summits of c. 5575-foot Munin and Hugin were climbed from Boot Col for the second time with a first descent from Hugin directly to the Fork Beard Glacier. Russignaga, Mlle Regnault, M. Dupont-Roc and I in 18 hours traversed the entire ridge from the Aiguille du Couchant to Munin, making the 8th ascent of the former, the 4th of Sleipnir and the 3rd of Munin. Duttle and Mme Salembier made the first ascent of a peak at the head of the Fork Beard Glacier.

Jacques Durville, Club Alpin Français

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