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Antarctica, Queen Maud Land, Various Ascents

Queen Maud Land, Various Ascents. In the 1996-97 season, I was involved with the following ascents. Gordon Wiltsie, Michael Graber, Rick Ridgeway, John Krakauer, Alex Lowe and I made the first ascent of Rakekniven via the Snow Petrel Wall (VI 5.10 A3) on January 5. Krakauer, Lowe and I made the first ascent of Trollslottet via The Three Sons (IV 5.11 AO). On Media Peak, directly across from the Trollsloppet, Graber, Ridgeway, and Wiltsie climbed a snow route that involved a pitch of 5.8 rock climbing. It was the first ascent of the peak. Both peaks were climbed on January 11. On Kyrkjeskipit, Graber, Ridgeway and Lowe climbed an alpine route, which Lowe then skied. It was possibly the first non-helicopter ascent. On Kubus, Wiltsie, Krakauer and I climbed an alpine route. A ski descent was made by all members of the group.

Conrad Anker