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North America, Canada, Canadian Arctic, Auyuittuq National Park Report for 1988

Auyuittuq National Park Report for 1988. Auyuittuq National Park Reserve experienced another busy season this year. Eleven mountaineering groups totalling 30 people from five countries visited the park for climbing and skiing activities. Some mountaineers are creating a bad reputation by leaving behind a lot of garbage and discarded climbing equipment in violation of park regulations. Though there was considerable interest in base jumping, parachuting and paragliding, these activities are prohibited in the park. A summary of the 1988 climbing season follows, the leader’s name, size and nationality of the party and the objective being given: Fabrizio Defrancesco, 4 Italians, new route, the southwest ridge of Asgard South Tower; Ermanno Salvaterra, 3 Italians, Menhir’s southwest ridge; Erolani Miri, 1 Italian, solo ascents of Tête Blanche’s northwest ridge, Freya, Tyr, unnamed peak between Freya and Tinfoil Ridge, Sigmund traverse from southeast to northwest; Yasushi Yamanoi, 1 Japanese, solo climb of Thor’s west face; Tadashi Naito, 2 Japanese, unsuccessful attempt on the Scott-Hennek route on Asgard North Tower; Steve Munsell, 4 Americans, ski traverse of Penny Icecap; Auyuittuq Warden Service, ski traverse of Nertuseq-Rundle Glacier circle and ascent of Nana via west face; Curphey, 2 Scots, route onto Penny Icecap via Highway Glacier; Earl Redfern, 4 Americans, first ascent of Asgard South Tower’s west face; Will Ox, 1 American, solo climb of Thor’s north face; Gallagher, 4 Americans, incomplete ascents of north buttress of Breidablik and southeast face of Menhir; Richard Weber, 4 Canadians, ski traverse of Penny Icecap.

Tom Elliot, Chief Park Warden, Auyuittuq National Park Reserve