Mike Libecki’s Expedition To Frans Josef Land

Amazing story by Mike Libecki of an expedition to Russia’s Frans Josef Land:

Four hours passed and the fog finally lifted. I could see the rock walls, like large sea cliffs, and they were beautiful. I was incredibly excited, but in the back of my mind several warning signs went off as I was about to get in my small rafts (one in tow with my gear) and head to the island. My main concern was the rifle promised to me that did not come to fruition. My plan was to immediately climb up one pitch and get a port-a-ledge camp set up so I would be safe from polar bears.

Posted In: Asides, Traditional Climbing


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