American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Greenland, Watkins Mountains, Various Ascents

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  • Publication Year: 1997

Watkins Mountains, Various Ascents. It was reported that a French expedition organized jointly by Pierre Grossman and Dane Hans Christian Florian traveled to the Watkins Mountains with five objectives: to climb Gunnbj0rns Fjeld (3753 meters, the highest mountain in Greenland), Cone, Dome, two unclimbed peaks and to make altitude readings of four of the five highest summits in Greenland with advanced GPS equipment in collaboration with the Danish National Survey and Cadastre. After establishing camp on June 7, the eight-man team climbed Gunnbj0rn Fjeld via the south ridge on June 8. On June 10, they travelled up an unnamed glacier east of Gunnbjørn Fjeld and on the 12th skied to the top of a peak they named Qaqqaq Paul Emile Victor (3669 m). Two attempts were necessary to climb a peak five kilometers to the south of Paul Emile Victor, but on June 15 Florian, Bernard Gillet and Bernard Müller were successful. The expedition succeeded on Dome (3742 m) and Cone (3729 m) on June 18 and 19th. On June 21 the seven French were airlifted out. Norwegians Engebret Fekene, Erling Kagge and Sjur M0rde took their place, and with them Florian made another ascent of Gunnbj0rn Fjeld on June 23. On June 26 the new team made a first ascent of a ca. 2500-meter snow dome 10 kilometers east of base camp. The Norwegians were airlifted out on June 30, to be replaced by a British team led by Derek Fordham, which made the third ascent of Gunnbjørn Fjeld that season. (High Mountain Sports 171)

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