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Photo: a climber on the granite wall known as Rakekniven-the Razor

Uncharted Territory
The white expanse beneath the 2,000-foot (600-meter) granite wall known as Rakekniven—the Razor—in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, is no dusting of snow, but a sheet of ice up to 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) thick. It takes so much money and planning and cutting of red tape to get to this remote part of Antarctica that most of its peaks remain unclimbed—which is precisely what drew climber Conrad Anker and five others here in 1996.

Photograph by Gordon Wiltsie


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