American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Canada, Baffin Island, Mount Asgard, Northeast Face and Mount Frigga, West Pillar

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  • Publication Year: 1997

Mount Asgard, Northeast Face and Mount Frigga, West Pillar. John Rzeczycki and I spent 50-plus days in the Asgard region of Baffin Island from late June through late August. After arriving at Base Camp via helicopter, we spent 20 days establishing a new wall route on Mt. Asgard, Exiles From Valhalla (VI A5) on the northeast face of Asgard’s north tower, just to the right of the Valkarie. Climbing was sustained aid on steep rock up a thin discontinuous line. After summiting and rapping the route, we spent 17 days establishing the first wall route on the overhanging west pillar of Mt. Frigga, Slith, the Frightful (VI A5), named after a river in Norse mythology that was so cold it burned. Again, the climbing was sustained aid on steep and overhanging rock up thin features. We spent the next six days hiking double loads out the Weasel Valley to the fjord where we radioed for a boat which took us back to Pangnirtung.

Wally Barker, unaffiliated

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