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North America, Canada, Baffin Island, Mt. Asgard, East Face of South Tower

Mt. Asgard, east face of South Tower. In July I soloed a new route on the 2,000' east face of the South Tower of Mount Asgard on Baffin Island. My route (VI 5.10 A2) consisted of mostly free climbing with an equal mixture of well-protected crack and runout face. I ascended the route in 16 long pitches and descended via 14 long rappels. The climb required 24 hours of climbing from the glacier to the true summit. No bolts were placed and no cracks were “cleaned.” The summit was reached July 27.

Jim Beyer, adapted from Alpinist Magazine