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North America, Canada, Northwest Territories, Traverse of Axel Heiberg Island

Traverse of Axel Heiberg Island, Northwest Territories. In July, 1995, the traverse of Axel Heiberg Island was accomplished between Mokka Fjord and Strand Fjord, crossing the Princess Margaret Range through the canyon lands and across the mesas and polar icefields. Peak 5500 of the Interior Divide was climbed from the eastern glacial arm to the southeast ridge. With unusually warm temperatures in the high 60s, the glacial rivers were ominously difficult to cross. Unfossilized tertiary tree trunks were found and mapped on the Strand River along with a number of gargantuan waterfalls. Climbs in the bizarre salt peaks of the east coast were accomplished as well. The expedition included ten members. It was led by Dr. Ruthmary Deuel and Dennis Schmitt.

Dennis Schmitt