Robert Jasper completes Stonecircle on Greenland solo trip
German rock climber Robert Jasper has returned from his solo expedition to Greenland after having made the first ascent of Stonecircle (7c, 450m) up Molar Spire above the Angmassalik-Tasilaq Fjord.
As previously reported, in mid-July Robert Jasper embarked on a solo climbing trip in East Greenland. The German left civilisation from Kungmit, the last Inuit settlement, and paddled to remote fjords in his sea kayak transporting 90kg of gear and provisions completely on his own. After 12 days of hard paddling and heavy hauling he established base camp at the foot of the Fox Jaw Cirque and soon set his sights on the second granite tooth called Molar Spire.
He reached the wall via a snow colouir, then climbed seven pitches in two days. He kept returning to base camp since the weather was unstable, and on the third day he pushed for the summit despite poor weather. It started to rain shortly before the summit but then the weather improved. "The clouds cleared and you could see the surrounding mountains and fjords. I was all alone, no person in sight as far as the eye could see. It was like in heaven. Indescribably beautiful!"
Jasper abseiled down the route and reached his tent 18 hours after having set off, then made his way back to civilisation. After 30 days in the wild, having covered 100km on foot, climbed 1000m of steep rock and paddled over 100km by sea kayak, Jasper returned to Kungmit, closing his personal "stone circle”.
Summing up his adventure, Jasper stated "The most impressive things in life are often rocky and hard. That's how they stay in the back of your mind. This expedition pushed me to my limits. It was a huge adventure in a magnificent natural setting! An absolute highlight. I made many valuable experiences during the trip. An absolute jewel in my life!"
East Greenland - Angmassalik-Tasilaq Fjord
Stonecircle - Molar Spire - Fox Jaw Cirque
Wall height: 450 meters
First ascent in "rope-solo-redpoint style" in 3 days in July 2018 by Robert Jasper
Description: Demanding high-alpine free climbing route.
Gear left for possible repeat: 4 pitons, 4 fixed nuts, 2 Cooperheads and 1 Pecker as well as 30 stainless steel M8 Petzl bolts.
Notes: 2 sets of Camalots size 000-3, 1x 4 and 2 sets nuts are needed as additional protection. Take a hammer, 2-3 knife blades and 1 Pecker and 2 Copperheads. 50m ropes are recommended for emergencies