American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Greenland, Schweizerland, Kangerlluqsuaq Fjord, Various Ascents

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  • Publication Year: 1999

Kangerlluqsuaq Fjord, Various Ascents. On July 12, eight of us (Phil Bartlett, Dave Wilkinson, Helen Geddes, John Hudson, Graham Robinson, Ken Findlay, Pete Nelson and Brian Davison) were dropped by ski Twin Otter to the south of Kangerlluqsuaq Fjord (68° north) on the east side of Greenland for five weeks. Kangerlluqsuaq Fjord (Inuit for Big Fjord) is located about half way (200 miles) between Ammermaslik (now called Tasiilaq) and Scorsby Sound, two settlements on the east coast. Chris Bonington and Bartlett made trips to the Lemon Mountains on the north side of the fjord; we were the first to climb on the south side. Base Camp was a couple of miles north of Redekammen, at 2555 meters the highest peak in the area. There were some impressive rock walls as well as snow peaks. No climbing had been done in the area, the last people to visit being geologists as part of Gino Watkin’s trips in the 1930s.

A total of 36 ascents were made in the area. Dave and Phil climbed Redekammen and members of the group climbed three other named peaks in the area: Kangerlluqsaq Tinde (2260m), Hovedvejs Nenatakker (1800m) and Fangetamet (1610m). On August 16, we were collected by plane. I was home in the U.K. less than 24 hours later—a great way to do things.

Brian Davison, United Kingdom

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