How Peary Reached the Pole: The Personal Story of His Assistant

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 305 pages
In 1934 Donald B. MacMillan, an accomplished explorer, wrote about his early career as a member of Robert E. Peary's 1908-09 North Pole Expedition. Now available for the first time since its original publication, this expanded edition of How Peary Reached the Pole features a biography of MacMillan and thirty-six images from his hand-tinted lantern slides. MacMillan used the journal he kept during the expedition to provide an intimate view of day-to-day activities and relationships with other members of the party, detailing how he learned to drive dog teams, camp in sub-zero temperatures, and travel safely across the ice-covered Polar Sea. MacMillan's experiences and deep admiration for Peary's methods, leadership, and many accomplishments make for fascinating reading. How Peary Reached the Pole allows us to see Arctic landscapes and Inughuit culture as MacMillan experienced them, providing a perspective from which to consider the northern environmental and cultural issues that continue to concern individuals and nations today, one hundred years after Peary's historic expedition.
 

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Contents

Preface
xi
Introduction
xv
Plates
xlvii
HOW PEARY REACHED THE POLE
1
Foreword
3
1 Farthest North in 1906
5
2 Heading North in 1908
10
3 GoodByes at Sydney
20
14 Eskimo Companions
133
15 Arctic Technique
141
16 Planning for the Dash
155
17 Out Over the Sea Ice
162
18 Frozen Feet
174
19 Back to the Roosevelt
182
20 To Cape Morris Jesup
189
21 Peary Back from the Pole
203

4 From Parry to Peary
25
5 Labrador
37
6 Davis Strait and Baffin Bay
45
7 The Peary Eskimos
59
8 Etah and WalrusHunting
66
9 North to the Polar Sea
80
10 Arctic Travel
93
11 The Arctic Night
103
12 Surveying in Grant Land
109
13 Cape Columbia
122
22 What Can Be Done with Dogs
218
23 Greelys Old Camp at Fort Conger
224
24 Back to the Roosevelt Again
238
25 Wild Life of the Arctic
245
26 Dr Cook and his North Pole
254
Appendix
279
Photograph Credits
285
Index
289
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