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North America, Greenland, Northeast Greenland, Dronning Louise Land, New Routes

Dronning Louise Land, New Routes. A British group led by Scott Umpleby traveled out to the airstrip at Constable Pynt, from where they were due to fly on by Twin Otter up to the Dronning Louise Land mountains at latitude 76° N. The chartered airplane was delayed by a combination of bad weather and commitment to rescue operations with the Dutch climbers (see below), so Umpleby’s group was delayed from May 11 through May 19 before flying north to land and set up base camp at 76° 22.491' N, 26° 20.056' W. From this camp at ca. 1870 meters, the group members made first ascents of 34 summits, the highest being 2275 meters, in ten days. Group members report that these mountains were mostly relatively easy, with some extensive boulder fields and rather poor rock; their attraction lies in their far-northerly remoteness and scenic quality. As far as is known, only one other party has ever visited this region.

James Gregson, Alpine Club