Trip Report
Superbalance (Polar Sun Spire, Baffin Island, April-May 2012)
Thursday June 7, 2012 5:21pm
You can say that Zodiac is a piece of cake, but I was so proud, when I alone topped out in October 2006. I felt a certain calm contentment after my first climb in Yo thinking that I couldn't climb anything better... and I was wrong.
In that October, drinking my last coffee in the Caff just before setting off on my journey home, Tom asked me – What next after the Zod, Regan? What next? Then during the next 6 years he asked me the same question continuously - season after season. Till the last autumn, all my answers were written on the El Cap, but when I finished my MescaMondatta last year, I answered Tom differently– "I am going on Baffin Island".
This is a trip report regarding that answer...
Credit: Regan
Polar Sun Spire, north face
Polar Sun Spire, north face
Credit: Regan

About 2 years ago, I got an email from Yeti:
"Hi Regan,
Do you want to climb on Polar Sun Spire on Baffin Island?"
I answered immediately:
"Yes, I do"
Easier said than done, but step by step we were organizing the trip and solving all problems including the one at the top of the lengthy list – NO MONEY!!!
I never in my life said as many good things about myself as during the presentations of our project. I wasted the whole previous year ,when trying to kill my ego, but thanks to the meetings, we achieved healthy sponsorship.
We packed all our gear in six bags (and my ego in the seventh) before flying to Canada and meeting Ottawa Doug at the airport. I knew him from the Valley. Ottawa Doug did his solo on Mescalito in 2007. He played Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones and all good tunes from 70s and 80s. Doug , thanks for entertainment on my evenings on South Seas, and for hospitality during our short stop in Ottawa.
Next day afternoon, we were in Clyde River...
A window at the airport in Clyde River.
A window at the airport in Clyde River.
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Our agent – Levi, picked up us from the airport...
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...and we pitched our tent, because we had no money in the budget for 250$ pp/pn room in a local hotel. It was cold (minus 25 C. degree), but cheap (free), so we were happy...
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Next day we did sightseeing and paid a short visit to the local store. I have never been in Beverly Hills, but the prices there must be similar to Clyde River, so we only sent some postcards and took some pictures...
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...and came back to our igloo. After another cold night, we packed all the gear and...
Credit: Regan was the time to go to the mountains.
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The first stop was next to an iceberg. We had a chance to warm up frozen feet, take some pictures, chat with guides (Denis and Esa) and recover after a crazy ride in a box on a sled with no suspension system...
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At another stop, we met some hunters with dogs. We shook hands and I realized that this was yet another local guy who had missing fingers...Hmm, it's not only me who finds this a really cold place.
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Late afternoon, we set our BC at the base of the wall.
Checking all the gear, I realized, that the seventh bag was missing; I was ready for the wall. :) On the right was The Great and Secret Show (J. Chapman, W. Hollinger, M. Synnott, 1996), on the left was Norwegian Route (B. Bo, H. Hagen, T. Roisli, O. Wiik, 2000), but on the middle we put some dots saying: we gonna link them !!!!
Some sources say, that PSS is 1300m tall, other than over 1500m, regardless this was a huge wall
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Next morning, my watch shows – 14/04/2012, 6:00 am, minus 20 C. degree...
It is time to go. We were hungry for a climb. No time for bla, bla, another coffee, taking pictures etc – The time is NOW!!!!
We took the first picture in the second day, when we were on fixed ropes.
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Yeti was super effective on mixt climbing section below Camp II (M5-M7+/A3). The rock was loose, but The Boomerang crack was beautiful...
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Day by day, we changed perspective. View from Camp II ledge. I was on the fixed lines...
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21th of April. The Camp II is ready...
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Daily cold news:
Yeti lost feeling in toes. Warming up of white toes took over an hour after breakfast, then he lead two pitches as we planned.
Thanks to the belay sit, we can take off the pressure on legs and keep warm feet. Belay exercises are necessary all the time. Do not be lazy, do not loose you toes...
Do not forget to empty your PPB ( Personal Piss Bottle), otherwise you need to step outside of portaledge...
Yeti makes the portions for meals. I am a cook. Perfect team work.
Temps in the portaledge – minus 10 to minus 20.

The Boomerang above the Camp III
The Boomerang above the Camp III
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Jugging on fix lines was a daily nightmare...
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The second half of the wall
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Yeti just before the entry to The Fridge
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Yeti in The Fridge
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The last return to the Camp II
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21 hours hauling day to the Camp III
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The middle of The Boomerang
The middle of The Boomerang
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At 2:00 in the morning we set the Camp III, then we had a day off
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Daily cold news:
Every evening our Primaloft sleeping bags are like frozen balls ,except the down one which is like ice ball, as a result we can use only that Pimaloft bags.
Every day, My Gore Tex jacket sticks to the Primaloft inner jacket by ice. I have to rip one from the other...
In some really cold days, we can shot no more than 10-20 photos, because of flat batteries. Thanks to solar panel system we can recharge them. We took over 6000 photos plus some videos...

The crack on the Headwall reminded me climbing on The Shield – beautiful and clean...
The Headwall
The Headwall
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The start was hard and exciting - hooks, head, rivets, and many, many beaks...
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Credit: Regan

Short explanation for some of you who already started to laugh because of the orange poo bag : On this wall we carry our drilling set in the orange bag. It was scary start to the pitch, but not that much...:)
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Return to Camp III after another pitch on the Headwall
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The Bird
A bird has been flying around the mountain for the past two days. Black, silent and lost. Unfolding his wings and embracing the wind. He is alike the birds of the Inuit sculptures. When he flies away we will be alone again.
Credit: Regan
Credit: Regan

Total Commitment
No excuses in a team of two and no ego in a team of two.
Yeti said: We were like soldiers in the trenches. We had no choice , we had to fight arm by arm from the bottom to the top...
Bad conditions are not a sufficient excuse. We resolved to climb every day...
Racking up before pitch 27
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The next day was the last hauling day
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3th of May. 20th day of climb. Camp IV is ready...
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The Silence
Nobody ever makes any noise here. No animals, people, or flowing water to be heard. Apart from the sounds of our climbing and falling rocks in the course of 25 days we heard only:
a skidoo - 3 times
a jet plane - 3 times
beckoning huntsmen - 1 time

Silence is solitude...
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Credit: Regan
Pitch 27
Pitch 27
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Pitch 27 was one of the most spectacular.
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Every time we passed that pitch we enjoyed the space...
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The top is very close...
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7th of May 2012. Yeti on the top
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...and me
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We had a little party, when we came back to the portaledge.
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Straight after our celebration, Yeti began to read his book and I started to write my notes, then when I looked my climbing partner he seemed to be a little strange; more motivated, more ambitious, I would even say aggressive. Maybe it was the effect of his devotion to our ethos of "total commitment" or maybe I should not to drink that particular whiskey....
Credit: Regan
I soon realize, that after this wall we will never be the same...

The next morning, we dropped ropes for the descent and in ten hours we got to the fiord.
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Credit: Regan

Superbalance, VII, A4, M7+
14/04 - 07/05/2012
24 days (including 2 rest days)

Behind us , we just left the wall with linked dots...
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Credit: Regan

Fishermen who shared some food with us...
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Hunters in a hut on the way to Clyde River
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The last negotiation with Levi...
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In Ottawa Yeti said: Every time I do some new wall, I go to some local barber shop...
We went to the towns Little Italy. Doug mentioned something about our climb. The guy from the left , was peeling of a pear, then in silence just cut the fruit on 4 pieces and shared with us. That was a great prize for me...
Credit: Regan

At the airport, we shook hands with Yeti and we went back to the ordinary life...
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I would like to thank our sponsors: Polish Alpine Association, CAN Offshore, Goal Zero, Grivel, Zamberlan, and also Olympus, Timex, Monkey's Grip, Petzl, MSR, Black Diamond, Uvex, Lyofood, Atest, EPA.
Of course behind all brands and companies are people who shared our enthusiasm and crazy idea of climb that piece of rock...You guys rock!: Adam, Miriam, Piotr, Nathan, Alistair, Pawel, Mark, Dominique, Siobhan, Wojtek.
Thanks for any help, info and thumbs up: Ottawa Doug, Bjarte Bo, Mike “Twid” Turner, Mark Synnott, Maciek Ciesielski, Pete MacPherson, Tom Evans ( special thanks for the question), Adam, Russ, Levi, Denis, hunters who shared food with us, all friendly people on check-in desks at the airports and security guys who understood what we had to do...:)

Anyone who needs more info, feel free and drop me an e-mail ( I always respond).
More details (topo, gear list, day to day diary, blog, etc) you can find on my website :
See you in the Valley...

...and some short video by Yeti:

...and another one by Bartek Wnek:

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About the Author
Regan is a big wall climber from Poland.

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Bruce Kay

Gym climber
  Jun 7, 2012 - 05:35pm PT
whoa. I see the Poles have kept thier touch for pushing the boat way out there!


Mountain climber
Colorado, Nepal & Okinawa
  Jun 7, 2012 - 05:36pm PT

Super interesting and super impressive!

Thanks so much for posting this!

  Jun 7, 2012 - 05:47pm PT
Wonderful, Regan, fantastic! Thanks for another great report.


Trad climber
Portland, OR
  Jun 7, 2012 - 05:55pm PT
Awesome send! What's next!!
east side underground

Hilton crk,ca
  Jun 7, 2012 - 06:02pm PT
you guys are bad ass- cheers

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
  Jun 8, 2012 - 09:38am PT
I will remember you guys every time I think it's cold in an unplanned bivy in Yosemite.

I'm imagining the first hour of you standing in that cold and thinking, "yeah about a month of this would be good."

Instead of saying "badass!" for other people's reports, when I want to complement them from now on I should say "that's so regan/yeti"

You should make some bucks taking the slideshow on the road. Really nice what you shared here.

Trad climber
under the sea
  Jun 7, 2012 - 06:05pm PT
Proud! Thanks for sharing. Some of those shots look pretty gnarly. Great job.

Social climber
An Oil Field
  Jun 7, 2012 - 06:09pm PT
Now that was very cool...

Sport climber
  Jun 7, 2012 - 06:10pm PT
Wow... Amazing TR

Trad climber
Bay Area
  Jun 7, 2012 - 06:24pm PT
Holy crap!
Well done you two. Awesome send!

Trad climber
'cross the great divide
  Jun 7, 2012 - 06:28pm PT
Am I wrong or did you guys put up the most direct line on that monster.

Way to go and thanks for the awesome TR.

A long way from where I started
  Jun 7, 2012 - 06:34pm PT
Best TR ever.
David Wilson

  Jun 7, 2012 - 06:37pm PT
jeeeeezzzuussss Regan, i was worried about you up on el cap a few years ago when a big storm came in. now i know there was no need to be concerned. proud effort !

  Jun 7, 2012 - 06:42pm PT
Jesus Christ! F-man, way to go!!!!



Trad climber
  Jun 7, 2012 - 07:03pm PT
Holy F@%King rad!!

Trad climber
Hustle City
  Jun 7, 2012 - 07:07pm PT
Do your Ballz hurt from dragging on the ground. BADASS!

  Jun 7, 2012 - 07:16pm PT
Jeez, what a treat this tr is...unreal.

Belay exercises are necessary all the time. Do not be lazy, do not loose you toes...


Trad climber
  Jun 7, 2012 - 07:29pm PT
Sweet! Thanks fot the TR.

Trad climber
  Jun 7, 2012 - 07:30pm PT
I'm gonna butcher the spelling, but: Dzenkuje for posting up!!! Awesome TR!
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jun 7, 2012 - 07:49pm PT
Very cool,
Looks like your partner is a friend for life....
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
  Jun 7, 2012 - 08:00pm PT
Truly awesome. I'm reading it again

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
  Jun 7, 2012 - 08:03pm PT
Incredible how well you guys handled serious cold and serious climbing for such an extended period.

Very impressive discipline.

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
  Jun 7, 2012 - 08:09pm PT
AWESOME Trip Report, Regan!!!!

It's to COLD for this Crippled old GEEZERS body anymore.
I would have FROZEN solid after the first day there!
Give me them NICE 110 degree days anyday and I'll be happy.

KUDOs to You and Yeti, for pushing thru to the end.
I'll bet you were really GLAD to get back to civilization and finally get WARM!


Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
  Jun 7, 2012 - 08:23pm PT
Great story Regan!

You look happy doing what you do best...

Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
  Jun 7, 2012 - 08:30pm PT
You guys are pussies

Always complaining about -20 temperatures 4,000 feet up a wall in the arctic


mike m

Trad climber
black hills
  Jun 7, 2012 - 08:31pm PT
Great report and what a climb!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
  Jun 7, 2012 - 08:39pm PT
Great adventure, wonderful send, thanks for posting it here for us to read!
Captain...or Skully

  Jun 7, 2012 - 08:48pm PT
Diggin' it, Regan. That is one beautiful place, huh?
Fab pics & great TR. 7 thumbs up.

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
  Jun 7, 2012 - 08:58pm PT
Way to push it guys! Great write up and thanks for posting on the Taco.
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
  Jun 7, 2012 - 09:02pm PT
Great!!! Way too badassssss for me. You guys are top shelf!

Trad climber
  Jun 7, 2012 - 09:07pm PT
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
  Jun 7, 2012 - 09:30pm PT
Bad Ass!!!

Like something I would have loved except for the weeks of extreme work, cold and pain



Social climber
Ridgway, CO
  Jun 7, 2012 - 10:08pm PT
Regan is breaking on through to the other side . . . waaay to go dudes.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
  Jun 7, 2012 - 10:48pm PT
Trip report gold! Really fun read. After a BASE jumping trip to Baffin... i have no idea how you guys tolerate that cold. Proud. Great photos and captions. Was that Noah in one of the last photos? I listened to a lot of Tupac and Snoop with that guy. Great times. Sam was our other guide. Would love to be back there, with warmer clothes.

Toyota Tacoma
  Jun 7, 2012 - 10:45pm PT
Regan (Marek), your TRs are some perfect blend of humor and humble badass memoir. This one takes the cake though. SO SICK!
See ya in the Valley mate.

Trad climber
  Jun 7, 2012 - 10:58pm PT
Awesome TR and proud climb. Thanks for sharing your pics and story with us.

  Jun 7, 2012 - 11:00pm PT
Very fun report. I can only imagine the suffering. Well done!

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Jun 7, 2012 - 11:08pm PT
sooo great!

Gym climber
sawatch choss
  Jun 7, 2012 - 11:55pm PT
I can't imagine what would be've pretty much done it.

Thanks for the write-up and the photos. We are not worthy.


Oakland, CA
  Jun 8, 2012 - 12:02am PT


Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
  Jun 8, 2012 - 03:48am PT
what just happened

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
  Jun 8, 2012 - 06:20am PT
I think the old saying
"Our dream vacation is your worst nightmare"
applies here.

Well done!

It is 41degrees C in arizona today.
Bad Climber

  Jun 8, 2012 - 06:44am PT
Yup, we not worthy. Really awesome, in the true, clear meaning of that word. Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to put this up for us!


Trad climber
East Coast
  Jun 8, 2012 - 07:29am PT
Supercool, Regan!

  Jun 8, 2012 - 07:40am PT
**F*#K YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!**



Trad climber
  Jun 8, 2012 - 07:55am PT
Dobra robota.


p.s.: what next?

Trad climber
SeKi, California
  Jun 8, 2012 - 09:14am PT
Great Trip Report! Whoa Man! Supernatural stuff and gripping..........Thanks to you both. One did your digital camera work in those cold conditions.... what kind of battery?????

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
  Jun 8, 2012 - 09:26am PT
Wow. Very impressive. I don't even want to ski when it is that cold. Much less do hard climbing.

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
  Jun 8, 2012 - 10:13am PT
When you are badass in those kind of ARE BADASS!
Michael Nicholson

Big Wall climber
Thousand Oaks
  Jun 8, 2012 - 12:08pm PT
Bold climbing with a good TR! Nice work!

Big Wall climber
Author's Reply  Jun 8, 2012 - 01:13pm PT
Hi, Thanks for all comments, grats and responses.
You all rock!!! Thanks

Some short answer regarding cameras:
I had Olympus TG 820 and DSLR Olympus E-3. I had no problem to minus 10 and even in lower temps, but I could not keep the cameras outside all the time. Using a camera in that conditions we had 2 problems - coldness and humidity in portaledge during cooking.
I had some LI batteries, but in that temps nothing works fine. The most important was recharging system, solar panel+battery+inverter ( Goal Zero). You can check all technical details on my website.
lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
  Jun 8, 2012 - 01:28pm PT
Absolutely stellar!! Thanks so much for posting.

Dos XX

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
  Jun 8, 2012 - 01:46pm PT
Wow! Ragan rocks!

Social climber
  Jun 8, 2012 - 02:14pm PT
Impressive guys- congratulations!

Gym climber
  Jun 8, 2012 - 02:28pm PT
Awesome job guys way to go.

I remember the silence on our trip it was really hard the first few days to hear nothing. It was even harder upon the return to see people and all the stuff we have and dont need.

You guys inspire and thats no BS.

4 Corners Area
  Jun 8, 2012 - 02:52pm PT
F'ing A Right!
That's hard core, man!
Full on contitions!

Mountain climber
Anchorage, AK
  Jun 8, 2012 - 02:53pm PT
Thanks for posting!, what an adventure, I could feel the cold coming off my computer. Bad ass

  Jun 8, 2012 - 04:39pm PT
wow, simply wow!
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
  Jun 8, 2012 - 05:21pm PT
Thanks, Marek!

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
  Jun 8, 2012 - 06:00pm PT
So cooooooold !!!!!!!!


Trad climber
  Jun 8, 2012 - 06:02pm PT
Really impressive.

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Jun 8, 2012 - 06:38pm PT
Credit: micronut

Holy Hard Core! Looking up when most of us would only be looking down. Way to go gents. Bravo. Thanks for sharing your amazing adventure with stellar photography and written word.

You two strong like bull!

Mountain climber
Wilson, Wyoming
  Jun 8, 2012 - 07:06pm PT
I am voting for Regan.

Another fine trip report. Thanks.
Mark Rodell

Trad climber
  Jun 8, 2012 - 08:33pm PT
A very fine read. Thank you.

lost, far away from Poland
  Jun 8, 2012 - 10:21pm PT
Wspanialy wyczyn i doskonale opisany! Gratulacje!!!!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Jun 9, 2012 - 06:15pm PT
mind-blowing. hope you have many more like that!
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
  Jun 9, 2012 - 08:09pm PT
Hey Guys,

There is only one thing to say - YOU GUYS ARE BADASS!
I only saw a few of the pics at my home, but this TR really tells a big chunk of the story. Amazing vertical spaces, hard climbing, harder weather and two climbers fully committed. As always those of us reading this TR who weren't there think we know how tough it was, but actually don't fully understand.

I can't imagine what else there is for you guys to go climb. As always your TR's are funny and informative at the same time. I love that opening picture beside the title Superbalance. Good art! Huge hello to Marcin (Yeti) and to you also Marek (Regan). Looking forward to the next time we meet in the valley.

Very best wishes,

Trad climber
  Jun 9, 2012 - 08:38pm PT
Wow! Great read and view.

Trad climber
Pasadena, CA
  Jun 9, 2012 - 09:08pm PT
Polar Sun Spire in the center left...more or less
Polar Sun Spire in the center left...more or less
Credit: namascar

Same view including the Polar Sun Spire from Google Earth
Same view including the Polar Sun Spire from Google Earth
Credit: namascar

Nice report, good times. It made me look again to a photo I took over the Baffin Island from the plane on my way back from Europe. It includes the Polar Sun Spire.

Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
  Jun 9, 2012 - 09:32pm PT
F*#k yeah Regan and Doug!!!

Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
  Jun 9, 2012 - 09:46pm PT
wow!!!!! the level of suffering endured, and the will to endure and succeed...and holy sh#t, the adventure. There are only so many ways to say it, but WELL DONE.

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
  Jun 9, 2012 - 09:53pm PT
Holy frickin cow!!! BADASS!!

Unreal place to be.


Why does this rope look weird?

Credit: Regan

Social climber
  Jun 9, 2012 - 10:56pm PT
FOOK YA! Some mighty stellar chit!

Mountain climber
Seattle WA
  Jun 9, 2012 - 11:19pm PT
Cool TR, looks like lots of "type 3 fun"....

Did they make you guys carry a rifle (protection against polar bears) like my friends did a couple of years back?
Captain...or Skully

  Jun 10, 2012 - 09:29pm PT
Methinks our boy Regan is Waaaay more badass than he lets on.
Nice stylings, sir.
Groove big, Marek.
Proud to have hung about & tipped a few with thee. Oh, yes.

Edit: to the previous this Park, a high powered rifle is just another good idea. You are prey without(and sometimes with)it.
Plus you can score a new sealskin haulbag.

Big Wall climber
Author's Reply  Jun 10, 2012 - 06:27am PT
Yeti and me want to thank you all for your comments. Also, I want to thank all guys who climbed the wall before us. They inspired us for taking the challenge. It was like sharing a flame of a candle...

Ottawa Doug - special thanks and see you in the magic Valley.
The true about being Badass is that we are Badass when we are back home. When we are on the wall, we are always lost softies like Sierra Ledge Rat said...:))))))

Paul Souza - What weird is with the rope?
Color? The shot has been taken with Magic Filter.
Zig zag? Because of back cleaning...
The angle? because during the shot, I kept the camera very close to the wall.

Laughingman - We had the gun, but fortunately we didn't have to use...
Flower Power
Flower Power
Credit: Regan


from SoCal
  Jun 10, 2012 - 07:15am PT
Speechless! Amazing to a whole new level.
The Alpine

  Jun 10, 2012 - 07:37am PT

Conveys a very strong sense of being waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay out there.

Nice fukcing job!

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Jun 10, 2012 - 08:41am PT
Wow! Thank you for sharing an amazing journey!

I now have a whole new definition for the word:

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
  Jun 10, 2012 - 09:48am PT

  Jun 10, 2012 - 11:19am PT
Awesome trip report! What a great read, and very inspiring!

Trad climber
asheville, nc
  Jun 10, 2012 - 06:24pm PT
Yeti and Regan are supermen! Really impressive. Thanks for sharing this experience with the rest of us!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
  Jun 10, 2012 - 07:06pm PT
OMG! I am not worthy!!!!

Regan! sh#t, man! Bad Friggen Ass!
Tony Bird

Northridge, CA
  Jun 11, 2012 - 08:04am PT
inspiring report--although for some reason i'm not inspired to undertake this.

pretty cold temperatures, but would i be right in assuming the weather is more reliable in april than july or august for a long climb like that? i think april is preferred for denali climbs because of that--deep chill but good weather.

congrats on keeping all your fingers and toes. FYI, i lived in beverly hills for a year quite cheaply, but didn't eat in any of the restaurants and didn't stay in any of the hotels.

  Jun 11, 2012 - 11:44am PT

And way to stay psyched, and keeping after it for days on end.

It's really hard to convey the scale and magnitude of that wall. When Lovelace and I were below it on our way in to Walker Citadel in '95 we were in AWE. What wasn't conveyed here is that Polar Sun faces east, so it doesn't get much sun that far north. It's also right where the main fjord forks, with the Walker Arm heading off to the right. Because of this aspect the face is right in a wind tunnel as the wind barrels off the ocean, and down the main fjord - headlong in to this face.

Proud guys, proud.

Double D

  Jun 11, 2012 - 04:05pm PT
Wow...that's what I call a BIG WALL! Nice job.

Big Wall climber
Author's Reply  Jun 12, 2012 - 12:36pm PT
Thanks again...

Tony Bird - temps in april are really low, but feeling of coldness is even worse. The difference between Winter and Summer is that in the Winter snow storm you can climb (slowly but you can), but in the rain/snow storm this is impossible or much harder...

Paul Gagner- yes, we had 20 min of sun on the Camp II on north face during a sunset starting at 9:00pm, then all the time cold north shade.BTW your story about return in 1995 is really epic. Did you write something about it...? After 23 days on the wall you hike back nearly 200km!!! Believe me, on some belay I tried to imaging your trip. Respect...
gerhard friedrich rudolf kohl

Mountain climber
  Jun 12, 2012 - 01:31pm PT
incredible trip and so 're the pictures !!!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
  Jun 12, 2012 - 01:41pm PT
Frickin sick,tfpu, killer pics

Cling to what is good!
  Jun 12, 2012 - 01:49pm PT

  Jun 12, 2012 - 08:16pm PT
Hey Regan -

Wrote an article for the '95 AAJ. We didn't finish the hike out. Hiked out three days before we realized we were on a suicide mission, and turned around and hiked back three days. We had all these raging river crossings, at peak snow melt. Eventually picked-up by some guys from Clyde River.

Be in the Valley this fall for an EC route - I'd love to buy you a Cobra. Super Proud!!

Neil Chelton

Bouldering your girlfriend
  Jun 12, 2012 - 08:56pm PT
That is at least 10 times more bad-ass than anything else that i've ever heard of anyone doing ever. I am literally speechless as i look through your photos in a state of total bewilderment. My eyes are wide open and i'm actually drooling. That is fcuking incredible. How can you possibly live a normal life now? Was it even possible to return to civilization without some sort of massive culture shock? You guys are an inspiration.


Trad climber
East Wenatchee, WA
  Jun 12, 2012 - 09:59pm PT
Not much I can add to what has already been said. Wonderful TR, freaking cool send, I'm impressed beyond words, envious on many levels...sounds like the adventure of a lifetime times a thousand. Thanks so much for sharing that.

Man, you ain't EVER gonna forget that!!!
Jeff Gorris

Not from, Portlandia
  Jun 12, 2012 - 10:24pm PT
Hellofa Excellent.

San Mateo, California
  Jun 12, 2012 - 10:32pm PT
This is super inspiring and I feel honored to have read the tale. Thanks for the report. :)

  Jun 13, 2012 - 05:45am PT
Wow - Sufferfest is right.

I had to put on my puffy just to read SoCal.

Great TR!

  Jun 13, 2012 - 08:41am PT
front page, please

30 mins. from suicide USA
  Jun 13, 2012 - 10:38am PT others have said, that TR made me f*#kin' cold...good job.

Trad climber
  Jun 13, 2012 - 11:20am PT
Ultimate RESPECT!

so so well written.

I feel a bit soft going sport climbing in Spain all winter now.....:)

Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
  Jun 14, 2012 - 08:50pm PT
Bump for my BADA$$ friends!


climber's near nevada...
  Jun 14, 2012 - 09:28pm PT of most amazing ever...slow clap, hat off, slight bow as i back away...

Mountain climber
Seattle WA
  Jun 15, 2012 - 12:59am PT
Credit: laughingman

  Jun 15, 2012 - 05:20pm PT
Beautiful sunny day at the crag and talked much of this tr -- preweekend bump back to the top.

Social climber
  Jun 15, 2012 - 05:37pm PT
gold star. beyond comprehension. what does the world look like after that?

Sport climber
West Bloomfield, MI
  Jun 27, 2012 - 11:01am PT
Two words: Piolet d'Or

Great report. Great photos. You really show how important humor, resourcefulness, and determination are to success. You guys rock (pun intended).
The Alpine

  Jun 27, 2012 - 09:17pm PT
Alpinist write up:
Big Mike

Trad climber
  Jun 27, 2012 - 10:54pm PT
Wow guys. Thanks for the share. You guys are infinity badass!

Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
  Jun 28, 2012 - 07:30am PT
Yes...Great climbing by great climbers!!!

Trad climber
the Magic City
  Jun 28, 2012 - 07:52am PT
Thanks for sharing this... incredible!!!

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
  Jun 28, 2012 - 09:43am PT
Excellent. What an adventure. As much as I love adventure, some badass men mentioned COLD many, many times. Take no prisoners!
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
  Jun 29, 2012 - 07:07pm PT
Bump because this is actually a climbing thread! Just read it again and am still amazed.

Marek and Marcin, you guys rock!

Ottawa Doug

  Jun 29, 2012 - 11:56pm PT
Holy frozen mackerel.
What an incredible climb.
Great report.
Hats off.
Marsupial Rat

Trad climber
  Jul 1, 2012 - 03:51pm PT
If aliens ever threaten our planet, we should blast AC/DC from the top of Everest 24 hours a day and email the invaders a copy of this TR.

Knowing that Earth has even 2 blokes as tough as this will convince any space arseholes to keep moving.

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
  Jul 1, 2012 - 05:24pm PT
rad rad rad folkin' write up

those pictures are piercing!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  Jul 1, 2012 - 08:16pm PT
Proud and wild adventure lads!

Way to hang tough and finish it off.

Thanks for sharing your experience with us!
Allen Hill

Social climber
  Jul 1, 2012 - 09:18pm PT
These guy's should get a chapter in the second addition of "Freedom Climbers." I think this may be the best trip report I've ever seen on this website. How he keeps a sense of humor about such a clearly very serious and dangerous climb is beyond me. I'd love the AAC Journal to publish it as it is. It'd be a great statement.

  Jul 2, 2012 - 08:53am PT
every night Chuck Norris goes to bed, he checks underneath for Yeti & Regan.
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
  Jul 3, 2012 - 11:20am PT
Sort of reminds me of a 40 below day walking to school in Canada.

this is the most real deal hard core thing i have ever seen.


polish climbers are the greatest in the world!!

Social climber
An Oil Field
  Jul 3, 2012 - 09:35am PT
So badass. The only thing you missed was decorating the inside of your ledge with hard core porn like those Russian guys did.

Rock & Ice got endless bitching for publishing those shots......

Seriously. What an adventure. Weather? What weather!!!

Big Wall climber
Author's Reply  Jul 4, 2012 - 09:34am PT
Thank you for all great comments and congrats. I am amazed at how big is the big wall community. I thought we are like dying dinosaurs ... :)

  Jul 25, 2012 - 09:16am PT
wow! thanks for putting this together.. you guys are badass...
i came back from a trip to baffin yesterday and this is the third thing i see on the internet!... hardcore!!
baffin is such a wild, mind-bending place!
those pics are the most interesting climbing pics i have seen in a long time.
...and we thought we had bad weather... ;-)

  Jul 25, 2012 - 11:43am PT
only ever did one wall--the nose. love bouldering, never did any winter climbing. but anyone with the tiniest bit of a climbing soul can see that this is an incredible project. It's really a privilege to read about it. If rank were based on views, I bet this report would rarely leave the front page...

Mountain climber
Lone Pine CA
  Jul 25, 2012 - 01:02pm PT

holy sh#t guys thats a proud send, awesome TR as well.....

Thats pretty heavy
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
  Aug 28, 2012 - 04:13am PT
Holy frig! I totally missed this amazing and unbelievable ascent and trip report because I was up on the wall. Dang. Big ass bump for an incredible job!

Man oh man, you Polish bastards are tough mofo's. I can't begin to imagine the sufferfest you guys would have had to endure to put this route up. What an outstanding job!

How much fuel did you bring per person per day, what stove system did you use, and how many stoves did you bring? How about rivet and bolt count? Those steep headwall cracks look stellar!

My toque is off to you guys, eh? I owe you some beers on the bridge next time.

Pete Zabrok nee Zaborowski,
The Penguin Who Hates The Cold

The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
  Aug 28, 2012 - 06:14am PT
I can't believe you mentioned Zodiac in the same breath as this climb!

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
  Aug 28, 2012 - 12:55pm PT
Maybe a naked ascent of Zodiac in January, hauling blocks of ice that are melted against one's body during the night so they can be poured liquid over the body during the day?

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
  Aug 28, 2012 - 01:40pm PT
Super burly - yet I just can't picture myself enjoying any of those belays enough to do it myself.

Trad climber
Central Coast
  Aug 28, 2012 - 08:22pm PT
I don't even know what to say. I mean...
that reset my whole notion of what is possible.
I didn't even know it was possible to stay on a wall that long, in that kind of cold, and live to tell about it.
Are you guys human?
What also amazes me is that you liked doing it.
Big congratulations, 110% commitment for sure. Way to keep going up.
What's next!? I shudder to think...
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
  Aug 28, 2012 - 08:51pm PT
Another question!

Why do you guys climb in April? I know that this is the same time of year as when Synnott and Hollinger climbed their route, and I don't recall why they chose to climb then.

Why not come in the summertime, and make the approach in a boat?


Big Wall climber
Author's Reply  Aug 29, 2012 - 01:17am PT
Thanks to everyone again. Awesome comments!

Pete - a few answers...
We had 3 gallons of white gas. In a fact, we carried four, but one was not even opened.
We used multifuel stove MSR GXT Ex and we had another one as a backup (Edelrid)- not any problems at all.
30 belay bolts have been hand drilled and we place 15 rivets. 13 rivets for bypassing loose rock sections (10 on the end of the Boomerang and 3 on the beginning of the Arena) and 2 on A4 pitch. The detailed topo you can find on my web page or I can email you.
April/May is a cold time on the east coast of Baffin, but the weather is more stable then in summer season (see the last TR from Baffin). Generaly we called this climb as big wall alpine, because of winter conditions and mixed climbing techniques. BTW Synnott/Hollinger/Chapman climbed in May-July...
mountain dog

Trad climber
over the hills and far away
  Sep 18, 2012 - 07:58pm PT
Quite possibly the most bad ass climb I have read about on ST. So PROUD!

climber's near nevada...
  Sep 18, 2012 - 08:20pm PT
Moooooaaaarrrr !!!
mountain dog

Trad climber
over the hills and far away
  Sep 18, 2012 - 09:25pm PT
Prouder than shooting bears, killing dogs, threatening children, talking about politics or Jeebus. Prouder than sport climbing too.

climber's near nevada...
  Sep 18, 2012 - 09:42pm PT
sure, bring sport climbing into it you bastard...

Trad climber
going big air to fakie
  Sep 18, 2012 - 09:50pm PT
So cool, I can't even imagine such an endeavor... great frickin' job, report, writing, pics... yaya!

The Granite State.
  Nov 5, 2012 - 03:36pm PT
Radness bump.

Trad climber
Hustle City
  Nov 5, 2012 - 03:52pm PT
Mad impressive

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
  Nov 5, 2012 - 05:01pm PT
Good everytime!

Sport climber
Made in California
  Nov 5, 2012 - 05:11pm PT
Intense, and incredible to read and look at... thank you for sharing.

(Cannot stop reviewing... Much respect)


Trad climber
Alta Loma, CA
  Nov 16, 2012 - 02:26pm PT
Damn! Super Gnar!!!!

Trad climber
  Nov 16, 2012 - 03:02pm PT
Amazing pictures!

lost, far away from Poland
  Nov 16, 2012 - 03:10pm PT
Polak potrafi! Czytalem kilka razy i zawsze z przyjemnoscia.


Trad climber
Carson City, NV
  Nov 16, 2012 - 10:49pm PT
WOW Regan - totally missed this report the first time.

Spelbinding read for a truly hard core adventure.
Thanks for inviting us for a glimpse of what you endured.
I simply cannot fathom how out there you were.


Nice to have met you this fall before you started up Native Son.
I am sure you have a great tale to tell about that as well.
All the best.

Captain...or Skully

  Nov 16, 2012 - 11:04pm PT
Matt Thomsen

Big Wall climber
  Nov 17, 2012 - 06:44am PT
I missed this the first time... Great job Regan and Yeti!
dave goodwin

carson city, nv
  Nov 17, 2012 - 07:29am PT
That was awesome!! Great job. Had to go turn up the thermostat to finish reading that one!!!


Social climber
granada hills
  Dec 8, 2012 - 04:30pm PT
OMG, mouthhangingopenjawonthefloor! WOW! What an effort. It's mind boggling the conditions that you guys were operating in. Mixed climbing to M7+ with all that aid gear hanging off and jackets and giant boots...

Way to go guys. Great send. Congratulations!


Trad climber
Pollock Pines, CA
  Dec 8, 2012 - 09:56pm PT
So rad! Does it get heavy hauling around such heavy balls? lol
Keith Leaman

Trad climber
  Dec 31, 2012 - 03:30pm PT
In case anyone missed it-thought I'd bump one of my favorite TRs of 2012.

Gym climber
  Dec 31, 2012 - 03:54pm PT
super badasses, no other way to put it

Trad climber
  Dec 31, 2012 - 06:14pm PT
Another 2012 winner.

Trad climber
  Dec 31, 2012 - 07:40pm PT
The Poles have been some of the toughest guys around since the 1970's.
You guys make the other 99.999999% of climbers look pretty lame.

  Dec 31, 2012 - 10:53pm PT
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
  Jan 2, 2013 - 09:25am PT
Good lord!

Big Wall climber
Author's Reply  Jan 7, 2013 - 02:33am PT
Happy, Exciting and Successful New Year!!!
Thanks again everyone...

Yeti has been made some short video as an example of about 4 hours wall short films we have. We are ready to work on some short movie project with any filmaker, who is interested in that idea.
Feel free and drop me an email.


Big Wall climber
san jose and south lake tahoe, ca
  Jan 7, 2013 - 10:17am PT
Soooooooooooo gnarly

Trad climber
  Jan 7, 2013 - 02:44pm PT
Inspirational stuff.

  Feb 1, 2013 - 12:55am PT
Superbumpage! Thanks for the TR and best regards to you!

Oakland, CA
  Feb 1, 2013 - 01:05pm PT
Regan, who is the music in that vid?

Watching you clean and rack gear with those gloves and in that cold there makes me wonder: did you end up dropping a bunch of gear/stuff?

And - any lead falls?

Love this shot:

Thanks again for a mindblowing TR.

Big Wall climber
Author's Reply  Feb 2, 2013 - 02:32am PT
le_bruce, the music is by Dj Shadow - Giving up the Ghost.
We did not drop too many stuff. As far, as I remember just one pulley, which by a mirracle uncliped from a harness during jugging. That effect on our hauling, but Yeti is strong, so no problem...:)I couldn't clean some BD cam, so anybody will do a second ascent can get Nr2 or 3 just below the Fridge...
Falls? Yeti - one, leading M7 pitch. Me - three on aiding. Two on the Boomerang, one on A3 section, just above A4 on the Headwall.

Thanks, that photo from the Headwall is my favorite too...
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
  Feb 2, 2013 - 04:57am PT
Oh come on, they are from Poland. They are used to it.

I had a Polish neighbor here in Ireland, Agatha, and she said it was cold here. "I said, Agatha, you are from Poland, you get sub-zero weather."

"Yes, but the Irish cold goes right to the bone."

"That is because it is a wet cold," I replied.

Regan and Yeti, my hat is off to you two. Cheers.

This TR, Myles' and Amy's TR, and others make the Taco Stand what it is.

PS I've always wanted to climb in the High Tatras, and Baffin too. Perhaps someday the former, but I think the latter is beyond me.

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
  Feb 10, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
Out there!! I missed this earlier. Wow. Makes an El Cap route seem like a beach vacation...

Sport climber
  Feb 10, 2013 - 02:05pm PT
Excellent TR. TFPU!

  Jun 5, 2013 - 12:01pm PT
bump for my all time fave crazy impressive

The Granite State.
  Jul 13, 2013 - 02:57pm PT

Big Wall climber
Author's Reply  Jul 16, 2013 - 09:13am PT
Hey, I just want to share another video.
Edited by Bartek Wnek:

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
  Jul 16, 2013 - 10:09am PT
This quite simply is way up there in the "Badass as it Gets" category!

Mountain climber
  Jul 16, 2013 - 01:27pm PT
great photos, good job
Myles Moser

Lone Pine, Ca
  Dec 1, 2013 - 06:51pm PT
These guys crush, send, stylie the routes they put up.... Baffin, to Paki.... Boom!

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