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North America, Canada, Baffin Island, Inugsuin Fjord, Nuksuklorolu, The Belluno Spur, and Other Ascents

Nuksuklorolu, The Belluno Spur, and Other Ascents. Two Italian expeditions explored less- known parts of Baffin Island in 1997 and 1998, tallying a number of ascents. In 1997, one woman and five men (Antonella Giacomini, Manrico DelFAgnola, Giuliano De Marchi, Michele Gasperin, Alessandro de Guelmi and Simone Gorelli) traveled by foot between the town of Clyde River and Ayr Lake, the headwaters of the Kogalu River, climbing five peaks en route that may or may not have been virgin. In August, 1998, Antonella Giacomini, Manrico Dell’Agnola, Giuliano De Marchi, Simone Gorelli, Giambattista Calloni, Luigi Da Canal, Luca Spanò, Luigi Zampieri and Alex Gordon (cameraman) returned with the intent to climb in Sam Ford Fjord. When difficulties with the approach scuttled their plans, they turned their attentions to Inugsuin Fjord, where they made nine ascents, including Welcome, Nunavat (VI 5.11 Al, 800m) on “Nuksuklorolu Tower” (1350m) in the Inugsuin Pinnacles, and White Man’s Wind (V 5.10 AO, 1000m) on the “Belluno Spur.” (Spanò and Calloni put up a variation to this, with sections of 5.8+ A0.) The name Welcome, Nunavat was chosen in recognition of the new Canadian province of Nunavat, while the Belluno Spur was named for Belluno, the capital of Dolomites, from which five of the eight climbers hail.