Baffin Island and Greenland

Rock climbers have enjoyed the opportunities available on both Baffin Island and Greenland, but each has obvious potential for good ice climbing as well. Summer temperatures are often too warm for good conditions to exist in the couloirs that slash the huge granite walls, and there is not much in the way of steep alpine ice slopes on either of these giant islands. Most likely, however, winter would provide a host of possibilities on frozen waterfalls. This remains to be proven by a crew of climbers determined enough to brave the extreme cold and the logistical barriers of climbing in such a remote locale. Since both islands discharge chunks of their ice caps into the sea, an artful expedition might be arranged to climb elegant, never-to-be-repeated routes on the icebergs.

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