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Description

Mount Asgard is a twin peaked mountain with two flat topped, cylindrical rock towers seperated by a saddle. It is rated as one of the best big walls to climb in the world. It is located in Auyuittuq National Park on the Cumberland Peninsula of Baffin Island in Nunavut, Canada. The mountain lies on the boundary of the Arctic Circle. The mountain was named after Asgard, the home of the Gods in Norse mythology.

Approach

From Pangnirtung, you can take either a 30km boat trip across the fjord to the park entrance if the fjord isn't frozen, or a snowmobile trip if it is. From the park entrance, you have to hike to Mount Asgard, crossing a river and seven small streams as you make your way across the valley floor. The final part of the hike requires a crossing of Caribou Glacier, which will most likely involve knee or waist deep snow if hiking in June or even into mid-July. The trail is marked by man shaped cairns placed at frequent but distant intervals.

Where to stay

Camping is the only accommodation option at Mount Asgard.

History

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First ascent of the slightly higher north peak was in 1953 by J. Weber, J. Marmet and H. Rothlisberger.

The first ascent of the slightly lower south peak was in 1971 by G. Lee, R. Wood, and P. Koch.

Since then, at least 23 routes have been established on both south and north peaks which mostly involve highly technical free and aid climbing.

Routes

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2 5.8
3

FA: Doug Scott, Paul Braithwaite, Paul Nunn & Dennis Hennek

1
2 5.9
3

FA: Mark Hesse & Harry Kent

1
2 5.7
3

FA: Brad Jarrett & Chris Breemer

1
2 5.10
3

FA: Denis Burdet, Cedric Choffat, Pierre Robert & Jean-Michel Zweiacker

FA: Wally Barker & John Rzeczycki

1
2 5.10
3

FA: Txus Lizanaga, Raoul Melero, Miguel Berazaluce & Natxo Baniciso

1
2 5.11+
3

FA: Noel Craine, Paul Pritchard, Steve Quinlan & Jordi Tosas

FA: Charlie Porter

1
2 5.10
3

Solo of 2,600' route

FA: Jim Beyer, 2003

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