To the End of the Earth
The Race to Solve Polar Exploration's Greatest MysteryBook - 2009
The gripping true story of how Briton Tom Avery went with three men, one woman and sixteen dogs to the North Pole in just under thirty-seven days, in doing so breaking the world record and solving one of the great mysteries of polar exploration. Nearly 100 years after Robert Peary told the world that he had reached the North Pole for the very first time, and was widely disbelieved, explorer Tom Avery was poring over documentation related to his expedition. Peary's claim had been derided because people just didn't belive the journey could have been done so quickly. Avery, however, was convinced that he had been telling the truth. Despite the fact that no subsequent expedition had ever come close to matching Peary's time, Avery decided to recreate the journey. Navigating treacherous pressure ridges, deadly channels of open water, bitterly cold temperatures, and travelling just as Peary did with dog teams and replica wooden sleds bound together with cord. Avery and his team were to cover the 413 nautical miles to the North Pole in just thirty-six days and twenty-two hours, setting a new world record and reaching the Pole some four hours faster then Peary. Weaving the fascinating history of Arctic exploration with thrilling extreme adventure, To the End of the Earth is Avery's story of how he and his team risked their lives to solve polar exploration's greatest mystery.
Publisher: London : Atlantic, 2009.
Branch Call Number: 919.804 AVE