Home > News

New 400-metre 5.13 Climbed on Baffin Island

Four western Canadian climbers spent 40 days climbing big walls on Baffin this summer. Watch the film premiere at VIMFF this month

Bronwyn Hodgins, Jacob Cook, Zack Goldberg-Poch, and Thor Stewart travel to Baffin Island for a 40-day human-powered adventure, featuring big wall first ascents, whitewater paddle descents, and wild Arctic flamingos.

The expedition recieved the 2019 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) Adventure Grant. The film Ocean to Asgard by Heather Mosher Media will premiere at the festival from Nov. 20 to 28. Visit here to purchase a ticket.

The team accomplished a number of repeats and first ascents.

Over two days, Cook and Hodgins made the first ascent of The Niv Mizzet Line, a 400-metre 5.13-, on an unnamed tower near Ulu Peak.

The two made the first ascent of Never Laugh at Live Dragons 5.10+ 600m on the south face of the South Tower of Mount Asgard. They also repeated The Scott/Henneck via a new three-pitch 5.11+ variation up the 900-metre North Tower of Mount Asgard.

Stewart and Goldberg-Poch made possibly the first recorded ascent of Ulu Peak up their new route The Beached Whale 5.10+ A1 600m. They also made an ascent of Polar Thievery 5.11a 400m on the North Tower of Mount Asgard; and the first ascent of Mount Zacky, an unclimbed peak on Mount Midgard via the Beach Vacation 5.10+ 600m.

All four climbed Mount Thor via the South Ridge 5.8.

Ocean to Asgard