Basel Fjeld

  • Basel Fjeld
  • 2290 m.
  • Primary factor: tbd
  • North-East Greenland
  • Location: North 73.210840, West 28.665733
  • First ascent, June 18. 1998


How to get there: The mountain is located north-northwest of Kalifbjerg.
Route description: Our two person team skied from Base Camp down on the west side of Kalifbjerg. Just as one turns the last part of Kalifbjerg in order to proceed north to the south slope of Basel Fjeld, there is an area with crevasses that were about to turn nasty (we ran into them again when moving Base Camp a few days later, into July/August, they may pose a serious problem for skiing). The slope of Basel Fjeld was hiked on foot in deep snow, it had been considerably more efficient to ski all the way up to the summit, but my partner was not used to ski (steeper) slopes.
On the return trip, we skied east towards Kerberus, passing it on the south side, then climbed the pass (a bit steeper) that is east of Tangent Fjeld. From here there is a nice, gentle slope almost all the way back to Base Camp.
Comments: This turned into a rather long day, we were back after midnight. However, with stronger and more equal skiing skills, this is a very fine ski tour. A lot of credit is due to my partner for completing a trip that by any reasonable measure tested his skiing beyond limits.