Ascent of Barbeau Peak on 1998-06-15

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:Tony Daffern
Pete Ford
----Only Party on Mountain
Ascent # 4
Date:Monday, June 15, 1998
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Airplane
Peak:Barbeau Peak
    Elevation:8583 ft / 2616 m

Ascent Trip Report

In June, 1998 I was part of an expedition to Barbeau Peak on Canada's Ellesmere Island. This summit is at 82° North, only 550 miles from the North Pole, and is the highest point of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. Getting to the remote icecap of Ellesmere Island is a major and expensive undertaking, and our ascent was probably one of the first ten ever made of Barbeau Peak.

The following links make up a section-by-section journal of the trip. There is a link at the bottom of each page that will take you to the next one.

Introduction: Background to the trip and preparations

June 12-13, 1998: Flying to Resolute

June 14-15, 1998: Fly to icecap, Climb Barbeau Peak

June 16-17, 1998: Move camp, climb Peak 6400

June 18-19, 1998: Climb Highpointers Peak, move down glacier

June 20-21, 1998: Cross river, to Ekblaw Lake

June 22-24, 1998: Down the Air Force Valley

June 25-July 1, 1998: Tanquary Fiord area and back to Seattle

Disclaimers: Although I have tried to be as accurate and objective as possible, please realize that much of the content of this on-line journal is opinion, impressions, and how I felt at the time. It is not my intention to defame or misrepresent anyone or their actions; indeed, I have the highest respect and admiration for my teammates on this expedition.

The broad north summit ridge of Barbeau Peak (1998-06-15).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:583 ft / 177 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2 snow
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Skis, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:583 ft / 177 m
    Route:North Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Barbeau Face  8000 ft / 2438 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: 1998 - Barbeau Peak (12 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1(Attempt) Barbeau Peak1998-06-15 a3200 ft / 975 m
2Barbeau Peak1998-06-15 b583 ft / 178 m
3Peak 19601998-06-171430 ft / 436 m
4Highpointer Peak1998-06-181462 ft / 446 m
5Ekblaw Lake Glacier1998-06-21750 ft / 229 m
6Airforce Glacier Sideslope1998-06-22350 ft / 107 m
7Waterfall Glacier1998-06-23800 ft / 244 m
8Tumblerock Glacier1998-06-25550 ft / 168 m
9Tanquary Camp Peak1998-06-272165 ft / 660 m
Total Trip Gain: 11290 ft / 3443 m    Total Trip Loss: 2160 ft / 658 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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Other Photos

Pete Ford takes the final steps to the summit of Barbeau Peak. View looks north (1998-06-15).

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