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North America, Greenland, Peaks near Gunnsbjørns Fjeld, Watkins Mountains

Peaks near Gunnsbjørns Fjeld, Watkins Mountains. Our expedition members were Greg Englefield, Lewis Jones, Nick Hulton and I as leader. It was intended as a training expedition for a long journey down the east coast in either 1989 or 1990. In June 1988 we were landed by Twin Otter ski plane on a glacier bounding the northern side of the Watkins Mountains and the southern side of Knud Rasmussen Land. The Watkins Mountains, which had been visited only three times since their discovery in 1931, are the highest in the Arctic. The three previous expeditions have aimed for Gunnsbjørns Fjeld, the highest. Our objective was to climb as many of the higher unclimbed peaks as possible. Accordingly, we climbed “Cone” and “Dome,” which we think are the second and third highest in the Arctic. (Dome may have been a second ascent.) In addition, we climbed seven other peaks in the southern and eastern part of the range, all above 3000 meters. We believe we have inserted five new peaks into the list of the highest six in the Arctic. We then traveled north into the previously unvisited Knud Rasmussen Land and whilst sledging through it, climbed P 3080, which is the highest in the range. After this we explored the upper reaches of the huge Christian IV Glacier. We arrived in the field on June 24 and left on July 26.

James Lowther, Royal Geographical Society