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Mount Asgard  Nunavut   #27
Ranges: North America Ranges / Arctic Islands / Baffin Island

Height: 2015 m -> 6611 feet
Prominence?: 0 m  


Location:   66.67222,-65.27444     66:40:20, -65:16:28   20W 399514 7396672 (61 km N of Pangnirtung). NTS Mapsheet: 026.I.11   AreaCode: GG65/GC77
First Ascent: 1953 F. Schwarzenbach; J. Marmet-Rothlisberger, Hans Weber
Mount Asgard from South
Located in Baffin Island, on the Cumberland Peninsula, west of Summit Lake and in Auyuittuq National Park. Asgard's North Peak (highest) was first ascended in 1953 by H. Webber, J. Marmet, and Rothlisberger, Swiss scientists on the Arctic Institute Baffin Island Expedition, led by the Canadian P. Baird. Their route ascended the east side of the north peak, traversing across snowfields and rock ribs, to reach the saddle between the two peaks, and thence to the top of the North Peak. The route is graded VI, 5.8/5.9 A1. It is still the most-traveled route and is the standard descent route for climbers making harder ascents on other faces.

Name Notes: In Norse mythology, Asgard is the realm of the gods as opposed to Midgard, the realm of the mortals. The walls surrounding Asgard were built by a giant. As payment for his work, the giant was to receive the hand of Freyja in marriage, as well as the sun and the moon. This was agreed, provided that the work was completed within six months. In order to avoid honouring the agreement, Loki transformed himself into a mare to lure away the giant's magic horse, Svadilfari. The job was therefore not completed on time, and the gods evaded the payment.

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12 Mount Asgard from South David Wasserman
8 Turner Glacier in Auyuittuq National Park David Wasserman
8 Mt Asgard from Auyuittuq Pass Paul Kubik
6 Mount Asgard, Baffin Island (From Air) Sandy Briggs