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Superbalance, a new Polish wall on the Polar Sun Spire, Baffin Island

Between February 14th and May 7th, 2012 the Polish climbers Marek Raganowicz and Marcin Tomaszewski established a new route to the peak of the Polar Sun Spire on Baffin Island, Canada. They called this route “Superbalance”. 

equipment

short break in the snow

The wall is nearly 1500m high and requires high climbing skills (VII, A4, M7+).

climbing a steep incline hanging on the wall

Raganowicz and Tomaszewski established four camps and apart from technical difficulties, they had to fight hard against the intense cold which dropped down to -20°C. All things considered though, the cold proved as much an ally as a foe: some sections of loose rock remained "frozen" in place and were therefore climbable only during this time of year. "Climbing on the north face of Polar Sun Spire in the team of two, was a big challenge for us" explained Raganowicz, adding "we are happy that the conditions allowed us to do such a beautiful, natural and logic line with no excessive aiding and drilling."
eating Lyofood products Polish climber
The two climbers reached the summit on May 7th in poor conditions and immediately descended to their base camp, which they reached one day later. Rations ran out the next day and the two shared food offered to them by local hunters... talk about perfect timing! 
at the camp view over the “Polar Sun Spire”