American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Antarctica, Dronning Maud Land, Rondespiret and Other Ascents

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  • Publication Year: 1999

Rondespiret and Other Ascents. In the 1997 AAJ, p. 268, an account may be found of the Norwegian expedition that successfully made the first ascent of the 800-meter Rondespiret (The Ronde Spire, 2427m) via the northeast face (Norwegian Grade 6+ A3+, 21 pitches) from December 23, 1996-January 8, 1997, by Aslak Aastorp, Robert Caspersen, Håkon Stover and Ivar Tollefsen. Also climbed on the same trip were Grushaugen (1673m), on December 27, 1996, by Tina Jørgensen; Vetlehaugen (1363m), on December 30, by Vebjørn Sand; Krakken (1446m), on December 30, by Tina Jørgensen; Niesene (1390m), on January 1, 1997, by Tina Jørgensen; Shiraishi (1930m), on January 2, by Tina Jørgensen; Bautaen (Norwegian Grade 5 A3, four pitches, 1639m), on January 12, by Aslak Aastorp, Robert Caspersen, Tina Jørgensen, Håkon Staver, and Ivar Tollefsen; and Cap Gemini (6+ A2, three pitches, 1782m), by Aslak Aastorp, Robert Casperson, and Ivar Tollefsen, on January 14. We are now able to publish a photo that shows Rondespiret and other peaks in the area.

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