Island is an Arctic wilderness located in extreme northeast Canada.
The island's northeast coast faces Greenland across the Davis Strait.
Its deeply indented coast fronts a tangle of spectacular glacial
and ice-capped mountains. There are towers, spires and pyramids
of rock and ice, with sheer and overhanging great rock walls. The
rock is primarily granite, which provides excellent climbing.
Most of the
finest peaks are located on the Cumberland Peninsula, at the head
of the South Pangnirtung Fjord. Much of the area is included within
Auyuittuq National Park, and is accessible from Pangnirtung, a small
coastal Eskimo (Inuit) settlement that is increasingly catering
to tourists. From here, access to the mountains is by boat, dog
sleds, float-planes or ski-planes, depending on ice and weather
The best climbing
is June through August, during which the rock is relatively snow-free,
and a few weeks of fair weather are possible. Early in the season,
daylight is limited, and snow and glacier conditions may require
skis or snowshoes. The highest peak of Baffin Island is Tête
Blanche (7,074 ft./2156 m). However, perhaps the most famous is
Mount Asgard (6598 ft./2011 m).