Rolf Bae

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Rolf Bae
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Rolf Bae
Born(1975-01-09)9 January 1975
Died1 August 2008(2008-08-01) (aged 33)
OccupationAdventurer, mountaineer

Rolf Bae (9 January 1975 – 1 August 2008) was a Norwegian Arctic adventurer and mountaineer. Bae operated an adventure company called Fram,[1] specializing in Arctic and Antarctic travel and survival courses.


In 2000/2001, Bae crossed Antarctica with fellow explorer Eirik Sønneland,[2][3] completing what was then the world's longest ski journey, 3800 km long, taking 105 days to complete; the record was beaten by Rune Gjeldnes in 2006.

On 27 December 2005, he arrived at the South Pole,[4] after skiing from the ice shelf, and on 24 April 2006, he reached the North Pole unsupported,[5] both expeditions together with Skog.

In 2008, Bae together with Stein-Ivar Gravdal, Bjarte Bø and Sigurd Felde reached the top of Great Trango Tower (6286 m) in Karakoram, Pakistan, via the "Norwegian Buttress" (VII 5.10+ A4). The team spent 27 days ascending and 30 hours descending the peak. This was the second complete ascent via this route.[6]


Rolf Bae died on 1 August 2008, in a climbing accident while taking part in an international expedition on K2 mountain.[7] According to his wife, Cecilie, she saw her husband swept off the mountain during an ice fall accident.[8]

Bae was a friend and teammate of Ger McDonnell, the first Irishman to summit K2. Both men died within hours of each other in separate avalanches on K2.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Cecilie Skog, the first woman to complete the Explorers Grand Slam. She has climbed the highest mountains of every continent (the Seven summits) in addition to reaching the South Pole and North Pole.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rolf Bae". International Polar Foundation.
  2. ^ "NORWEGIAN SOUTH POLE EXPEDITION 2000-2001". Retrieved 8 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Windswept – Antarctic Journal". Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2008.
  4. ^ "Mount Vinson neste for Bae og Skog". Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  5. ^ "Skog reaches North Pole". Archived from the original on 13 August 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  6. ^ MacDonald, Dougald. "Norwegians Repeat Historic Trango Route". Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  7. ^ "Climbers killed on K2". Aftenposten. 4 August 2008. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  8. ^ Oakley, Richard (3 August 2008). "Seven climbers feared dead in ice fall on K2". Times Online. Retrieved 7 August 2008.