American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Canada, Canadian Arctic, Borup Fiord, Ellesmere Island, 1988.

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Borup Fiord, Ellesmere Island, 1988. Although the primary aims of the expedition were scientific, there was mountaineering activity. Most peaks over 3000 feet in the area were climbed. Mount Leith (3822 feet; 80° 51' 30" N, 81° 36' 20" W) was climbed on May 17, 1988. It was a good alpine walk or scramble. P 3500+ (80° 56' N, 81° 25' W) and Mount Burrill (80° 56' N, 81° 26' W) were climbed on May 30 and June 10. Five peaks on the Ellmerson Peninsula were climbed on June 13 and 14: P 3500+ (80° 44' 10" N, 81°W), P3500+ (80° 44' 50" N. 80° 55' W), P 3500+ (80° 45' 30" N, 80° 55' W), P 3860+ (80° 46' 30" N, 80° 52' 30" W) and 3500+ (80° 55' N, 82° W). On June 14 and July 4, other parties climbed P 3500+ (81° 01' 50" N, 82° W) and P 3500+ (81° 01' 50" N, 81° 45' 10" W) flanking the Base Camp valley. On July 14, Mount Schuchert (3855 feet, 80° 46' N, 84° 45' W) was climbed, a fine alpine peak with a pointed snow-capped summit. On August 9, P 5300+ and P 5000+ (81° 03' 30" N, 80° 55' 30' W and 81° 04' 30" N, 80° 59' 20" W) were climbed; they were 20 miles from Base Camp. On the return trip, five peaks of 4500+ feet were traversed; the coordinates of the first and fifth are 81° 02' 10" N, 81° 00' 30" W and 81° 00' 45" N, 80° 58' 30". Whilst making a traverse of the Neil Peninsula, its high-point (3250+ feet; 80° 50' N, 82° 10' W) was climbed on August 15.

Corporal David Walker, Royal Air Force, Joint Services Expedition

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