1978 UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS WEST GREENLAND EXPEDITION

Climbing in the Ikamuit Fjord area north of Sukkertoppen

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THE 1978 UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS WEST GREENLAND EXPEDITION

to the head of Ikamuit Kangdluarssuat

The 1978 University of St Andrews Expedition set off in late June, and through July and August they climbed and carried out scientific studies in the area at the head of Ikamuit Kangdluarssuat, some 50 miles north of Sukkertoppen, in West Greenland. Two scientific papers are detailed at the foot of this page.

On 28th June they set up their basecamp at Taserssuaq lake, which was frozen. They had travelled from Sukkertoppen on the fishing boat 'Daniel' and the crew helped them.

In the weeks that followed they made 13 first ascents and 6 second ascents, notably:

Pt 1675m, new route by north face, 40 hours. This peak is on the south side of Taserssuaq.

Qaqarssuarulak (1332m).

Pt 1600m, a peak north of Taserssuaq, by a steep ice route.

They also ascended an 800m ice face flanking an icefield, and they travelled across, via interlinking glaciers and icefields, from Taserssuaq to Evighedsfjord.

Canoe journeys were undertaken along the Ikamuit Kangdluarssuat, to peaks and glaciers to the east and western shores of the fjord, as well as visiting the deserted settlement at Ikamuit and bird colonies at Sermilinguaq.

More information to follow.

 

 

I stumbled across the following photos by Rod Gilchrist (expedition member) which I provisionally post:

 

Expedition members: John Thurman (leader) on the left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCIENTIFIC PAPERS PUBLISHED AFTER THE 1978 EXPEDITION

1980: Recent climatic trends and local glacier margin fluctuations in West Greenland. Nature, 284, 157-159. (By J.E. Gordon).

1981: Glacier margin fluctuations during the 19th and 20th centuries in the Ikamiut kangerdluarssuat area, West Greenland. Arctic and Alpine Research, 13, 47-62. (By J.E. Gordon).

 

 

 

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