American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Greenland, Staunings Alper

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  • Publication Year: 1993

Staunings Alper. The “High Altitude Astronomers’ Expedition” consisted of Britons E. Knobloch, D. Smith, Canadians L. Murdock, C. Pritchet, S. Tremaine, H. Yee and me from Norway. We flew to Mestersvig on July 24 and returned to Akureyri, Iceland on August 8. We established Base Camp on the Skelbrae after crossing Gefion Pass. Soft snow hindered our approach up the Edinbrae. On July 30, we moved camp to the Kishmul Glacier, after which the weather became fine. The whole party climbed a snow gully terminating near a summit north of P 1603. On August 1, we reached the col of P 1603 (or Richmond Peak?). Here the party split and Knobloch, Tremaine and I gained the summit (c. 1700 meters). Four went to Glamus Col, but conditions were not favorable for moving camp across the Bersaeckerbrae. Therefore, we retreated down the valley and made a new camp on the Bersaeckerbrae. From here, the whole party climbed Harlech (c. 1900 meters) via the standard route. We also explored the glacier up to Dunnottar, looking for a food drop which a Scottish expedition had failed to reach because of soft snow.

Sverre Aarseth, Alpine Club

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