Tom Avery is the author of To the End of the Earth: Our Epic Journey to the North Pole and the Legend of Peary
And the dogs we used were the same breed as Peary
had used--the incredible Canadian Eskimo Dog.
After an eighteen year odyssey he and Peary
were the first to stand at the top of the world; yet due to the racial climate of the era, only Peary
was widely remembered and credited for the achievement.
as the first humans to reach the Geographic North Pole (the point in the northern hemisphere where the Earth's axis of rotation meets the Earth's surface) in 1909.
In 1897, mid-way through his attempts to reach the pole, Peary
brought home a crucial payload from the Inuit who were helping him in Greenland: a large meteorite, sacred to the Inuit, which was unloaded in New York City and netted Peary
On their third Arctic expedition, Peary
and Henson, accompanied by four Inuit, finally reach their goal.
A New Yorker Magazine article on Hillary pointed out American explorer Robert Peary
- who reached the North Pole on April 6, 1909 - was accompanied by an African-American guide, Matthew Henson, and four Eskimos.
and Matthew Henson were two very different men with a common dream; to be the first men to reach the Arctic's North Pole.
It was her dying wish that Admiral Peary
ran 24 hours later in the Grade 2 Independent Newspaper Novices' Chase, in which the 200-1 shot finished fourth.
The Frenchman arrived in Greenland early enough, in 1950, that he was able to interview Uutaaq, one of those Inuit who in 1909 accompanied Robert Peary
during his final dash for the North Pole.
Enjoy two nights accommodation for two with full breakfast with one of these excursions at The Admiral Peary
House, Fryeburg, Maine.
While science initially played a dominant role in Elisha Kent Kane's attempts to reach an "open polar sea" around mid-century, by the time Cook and Peary
took to the stage 50 years later, the factors that had once motivated American forays into the Arctic had ceased to exert any influence at all.