To the End of the Earth
Our Epic Journey to the North Pole and the Legend of Peary and Henson
St. Martin's Press
On Sale: March 17, 2009
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Non-Fiction Biography | Non-Fiction History
April 2009 is the one-hundredth anniversary of perhaps the
greatest controversy in the history of exploration. Did U.S.
Naval Commander Robert Peary and his team dogsled to the
North Pole in thirty-seven days in 1909? Or, as has been
challenged, was this speed impossible, and was he a cheat?
In 2005, polar explorer Tom Avery and his team set out to
recreate this 100-year-old journey, using the same equipment
as Peary, to prove that Peary had indeed done what he had
claimed and discovered the North Pole. Navigating
treacherous pressure ridges, deadly channels of open water,
bitterly cold temperatures, and traveling in a similar style
to Peary’s with dog teams and replica wooden sledges bound
together with cord, Avery tells the story of how his team
covered 413 nautical miles to the North Pole in thirty-six
days and twenty-two hours—some four hours faster than Peary.
Weaving fascinating polar exploration history with thrilling
extreme adventure, this is Avery’s story of how he and his
team nearly gave their lives proving Peary told the truth.
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