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North America, Greenland, Northeast Greenland, Ejnar Mikkelsens Fjeld, Various Activity and Tragedy

Ejnar Mikkelsens Fjeld, Various Activity and Tragedy. A British group led by Nigel Edwards was flown into the east branch of the Kronborg Gletscher at ca. 68° 55' N, 28° 25' W. During their stay, which was marred by periods of very poor weather, this group made the second ascent of Bargtinde (3338m) and a couple of first ascents. An attempt to climb Ejnar Mikkelsene Fjeld was abandoned due to very dangerous conditions in the approach icefall from the southeast. A pair of Dutch climbers who had shared flight arrangements with the British group were also active in the Kronborg Gletscher area. Sadly, one of them disappeared in a crevasse fall when returning on skis from a peak on the east side of the glacier. His partner returned alone to the British group’s camp, from which an Icelandic SAR team was alerted by satellite phone. Despite their best efforts on arrival some time later, no trace of the missing Dutchman could be found. All personnel were further delayed by bad weather before they could be flown out.

James Gregson, Alpine Club