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Alan D. Hyde
04-27-2005, 08:54 AM
5 With Dogs Reach Pole, Beating Peary's Pace

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: April 27, 2005

TORONTO, April 26 (AP) - Five explorers using huskies and wooden sleds reached the North Pole on Tuesday, setting a world record by coming in several hours earlier than the American explorer Robert E. Peary in a 37-day trek for the same journey in 1909, the expedition team said.

A British explorer named Tom Avery had set out to prove that it was possible to make the 475-mile trip from Cape Columbia, in northern Nunavut, the Inuit territory of Canada opposite Greenland, in the time claimed by Peary.

The team of four men and an American woman, Mattie McNair, was even faster in the end, claiming to set a world record by arriving 4 hours and 49 minutes ahead of Peary's pace.

"We are just so unbelievably excited to be here, and even though it's been the longest and possibly the hardest 37 days of our lives, the journey has left us literally feeling on top of the world," Mr. Avery said in a statement from the North Pole.

For decades, skeptics said Peary, who traveled with Matthew Henson, a fellow American, and four Inuit men, could not have made the trip in only 37 days. The fastest journey that anyone had managed since Peary's day was by a Canadian team in 2000, which reached the Pole after 43 days.

Mr. Avery's team traveled in a similar style to Peary, using Canadian Inuit huskies and replica wooden sleds.

"We have always believed that Peary was one of the greatest explorers of all time, and hopefully our re-creation of his journey will silence anyone who doubted this and put the controversy to rest once and for all," he said.

After reaching the North Pole at 9:32 a.m. E.D.T., the exhausted explorers raised the Nunavut, American, Canadian, British and South African flags, mirroring an act of triumph by Peary and his men nearly a century earlier.

Mr. Avery is a 29-year-old polar explorer from Sussex, England. In 2002 he became the youngest Briton to reach the South Pole, although that record was beaten weeks later by Andrew Cooney, 23, from Nottinghamshire. Barclays Capital Ultimate North Expedition, sponsored by Barclay's Capital and the Prince's Trust, consisted of Mr. Avery; Andrew Gerber, a South African business consultant; Ms. McNair, a native of Pennsylvania who runs an Arctic adventure outfit; George Wells, a property developer from Suffolk, England; and Hugh Dale-Harris, a Canadian teacher and dog driver.

During the past year, the team prepared for one of the most inhospitable environments on the planet by driving dogs in the extreme climate of Baffin Island. On their trek, the team encountered temperatures as low as minus 49 degrees Fahrenheit, enormous pressure ridges up to 30 feet high and constantly moving ice that split with areas of open water sometimes many miles wide.

The route of the expedition, as well as dispatches from the team and their biographies, are online at www.barcapultimatenorth.com. (http://www.barcapultimatenorth.com.)

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A notable accomplishment.

Alan

Ken Hutchins
04-27-2005, 02:40 PM
News of these accomplishments has a greater impact on those of us who have had the pleasure of driving dog teams. smile.gif Yes you can read all about it but you will never really appreciate that accomplishment or understand the relationship between the dogs and their handlers unless you have been there, done that.

Alan D. Hyde
04-27-2005, 03:38 PM
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captain's gig
04-27-2005, 04:11 PM
Originally posted by Alan D. Hyde:
5 With Dogs Reach Pole, Beating Peary's Pace

For decades, skeptics said Peary, who traveled with Matthew Henson, a fellow American, and four Inuit men, could not have made the trip in only 37 days. The fastest journey that anyone had managed since Peary's day was by a Canadian team in 2000, which reached the Pole after 43 days.

"We have always believed that Peary was one of the greatest explorers of all time, and hopefully our re-creation of his journey will silence anyone who doubted this and put the controversy to rest once and for all," he said.

AlanYabutt, that does not prove Peary did it!