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North America, Canada, Canadian Arctic, Pangnirtung Area, Cumberland Peninsula, Baffin Island

Pangnirtung Area, Cumberland Peninsula, Baffin Island. While conducting geologic fieldwork aided by an American Alpine Club Scientific Grant, P.T. Davis (Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research; University of Colorado, Boulder) and I undertook the following excursions. From our lake-sediment coring camp on 29 June, we made first ascents of P 4300 (“Promontory Peak”), grid reference 904/478 (Pangnirtung 1:250,000 map); and P 4200 (“Point Pedersen”), 907/475, via a snow couloir to the east col and then up the southeast ridge. One F7 move was encountered to surmount the latter point; the remainder of the climb is graded II, 4th Class. Descent was by the same route. On July 3 we ascended P 4200, 890/495, while measuring a boulder field. The next day we made the first ascent of P 4200 (“Bicentennial Peak”), 890/474, by a 1500-feet, approximately 45° snow gully on the north side; descent by the same route. In the Valley of the Lakes off Kingnait Fiord, we climbed on July 26 P 3700, 205/708; and P 4200, 200/710. This east face route is NCCS II, F6; descent was by a rotten, south gully involving two rappels. During August 5 to 7 we hiked from this valley to Pan- gnirtung Fiord, making the first passage of the Turnweather Glacier’s east col. On August 19 we attempted the normal route on Mount Asgard, accompanied part way by H. Burrows. The poor route conditions made us retreat after gaining the col. Burrows attempted Tirokwa Peak on August 25. The 1976 summer weather was poor (mean monthly temperature about 10° F. lower and precipitation double the ten-year norm), knee-deep snow persisting into August at the 3000-foot level. During late July muggy conditions bred intolerable hordes of mosquitoes in the Kingnait area.

Philip S. Marshall, Three Corner Round