Rigny Bjerg

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Mount Rigny
Rignys Bjerg
Mount Rigny is located in Greenland
Mount Rigny
Mount Rigny
Highest point
Elevation 2,734 m (8,970 ft)
Listing List of mountains in Greenland
Coordinates 69°2′55″N 26°49′23″W / 69.04861°N 26.82306°W / 69.04861; -26.82306Coordinates: 69°2′55″N 26°49′23″W / 69.04861°N 26.82306°W / 69.04861; -26.82306
Location Sermersooq, Greenland
First ascent 2003[1]

Mount Rigny, Danish: Rigny Bjerg, Rignys Bjerg) is a mountain peak in East Greenland.[1][2] It is located in King Christian IX Land, Sermersooq Municipality.

The mountain was named by Jules de Blosseville, after French naval officer Marie Henri Daniel Gauthier, comte de Rigny (1782–1835).[3]


Mount Rigny is the highest peak in a mountainous area east of the Sortebrae Glacier close to the Blosseville Coast. Reaching 2,734 m (8,970 ft),[4] Rigny Bjerg was marked on Jules de Blosseville's map of 1833 which also contained a drawing of the mountain's profile as seen from the sea. The mountain was then identified by the 1895-96 Ingolf Expedition led by C.F. Wandel, and its approximate position determined by the 1898–1900 Carlsbergfund Expedition to East Greenland led by G.C. Amdrup.[2] This mountain's elevation and position are incorrect in the Defense Mapping Agency Greenland Navigation charts.[5]

In Rigny Berg there are routes popular with mountaineers, such as "Snow Falcon",[6] as well as neighboring peaks in the region such as RHARPeak.[7] After a failed attempt in 1998, the first full ascent of the peak was made on 19 July 2003 by the 'Midnight Sun 03 Expedition'.[1]

Certain studies claim that the mountain corresponds to the legendary Norsemen's Blåsærk[8] and to the Mount of Gods Mercie named by Henry Hudson in 1607.[9]

Defense Mapping Agency map of Greenland sheet.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Catalogue of place names in northern East Greenland" (PDF). Geological Survey of Denmark. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Rigny Bjerg". Mapcarta. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Løve, Jan - Østgrønlands stednavne - fra den første kortlægning: Blossevilles togt med "La Lilloise" i 1833. Arktisk Institut
  4. ^ Google Earth
  5. ^ 1:1,000,000 scale Operational Navigation Chart, Sheet C-13
  6. ^ Rockclimbing - Snow Falcon - WI3
  7. ^ Rockclimbing - RHARPeak
  8. ^ "Blue Shirt" - probably a descriptive name alluding to a dark appearance towering over the white inland ice, cf Hvitserk.
  9. ^ Tornøe, Johannes Kristoffer (1964). Early American history: Norsemen before Columbus. London: Allen & Unwin. p. 126. 

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