Baffin Island’s become an unlikely mecca for some of the most extreme thrill-seekers and BASE jumpers on the planet. By Will Carnehan
Photo: Krystle Wright
Staring into the snowy abyss from the edge of a 2,000-meter-high granite monolith, 100 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, time seems to stand still. Joined by a three-man film crew, Leo Houlding and his best friend Sean “Stanley” Leary have just spent the last 12 days hauling 650 pounds of climbing gear and camera equipment up the sheer Northwest face of Mount Asgard in Auyuittuq National Park, using nothing but their fingers and toes, and a sophisticated system of pulleys and ropes to keep them from plummeting to their death. The expedition has left the two climbers beaten up, exhausted and cold but now they are finally standing on top of the world with the Arctic sun beating down on their face. And in just a few minutes it will all be over.