American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Greenland, P 1881, Northwest of Narssarssuaq, Southwest Greenland

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  • Publication Year: 1979

P 1881, Northwest of Narssarssuaq, Southwest Greenland. Although only about 25 air-miles from Narssarssuaq, there are relatively high groups of untouched alpine peaks. The right (northwest) bank of the glacier, the Eqalorutsit Kangigdlît Sermiat, seemed not to have been visited by climbers before us. Access is defended by three important obstacles: 1. Ice from three great glaciers descending from the Inland Ice blocks Nordre Sermilik Fjord; 2. The Eqalorutsit Kangiglît Sermiat is terribly broken up along its whole length and had appeared impossible to cross; 3. The torrent that descends into the head of Narssarssuaq Fjord some 20 miles from Lake Norbosø is violent and even more swollen at the beginning of the climbing season. We finally crossed the torrent near its mouth where it braids into four streams, two of which were still very formidable. We traversed the peninsula to the Eqalorutsit Kangigdlît

Sermiat, ascended its left bank, crossed it and established our seventh camp below P 1881 (6171 feet). On August 15, our tenth day, Jean- Bernard Givet, Bernard Brigai, Robert Fargeas, Jean Macian, Gilbert Selz, Christian Meynier, Monique Larmoyer and I reached the summit, having ascended first from the south and finally from the east.

Jacques Rouillard, Club Alpin Français

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