The Friendly Arctic: The Story of Five Years in Polar Regions

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Macmillan Company, 1921 - Arctic regions - 784 pages
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Page 643 - When we got into our sleeping-bags in the evening our clothes began to thaw slowly, and on this process a considerable amount of physical heat was expended. We packed ourselves tight into the bag, and lay with our teeth chattering for an hour, or an hour and a half, before we became aware of a little of the warmth in our bodies which we so sorely needed. At last our clothes became wet and pliant, only to freeze again a few minutes after we had turned out of the bag in the morning.
Page 313 - ... where the gristle, surplus fat, and bone are trimmed off. The meat then goes to the cutting machine, which cuts it into pieces, according to the size of the cans to be filled. After it is cut to the proper size the...
Page xviii - Coming Polar explorers, both north and south, are quite likely to use mechanical means which have sprung into existence within the last few years. According to my own personal impressions — aerial flights...
Page 247 - The hunting and exploring trip into the interior of Banks Island was an interesting and delightful one for Storkerson and me. Here was a beautiful country of valleys everywhere gold and white with flowers or green with grass or mingled greens and brown with grass and lichens, except some of the hill tops which were rocky and barren. These hills differed in...
Page 64 - well-brought up" men, used in their homes to a large variety of foods, both domestic and imported, take very readily to any new thing (such, for instance, as seal meat) . But men " poorly brought-up " and used only to half a dozen or so articles of food in their regular diet, are generally very reluctant to try a new food unless it has been represented to them in advance as an expensive or specially delicious thing.
Page xviii - Arctic, and supplement these forces with the wood-craft, or, I should say, polar-craft, of the Eskimo — the ability to live off the land itself, the ability to use every one of the few possibilities of those frozen regions — and concentrate on his work. "Stefansson has evolved a way to make himself absolutely self-sustaining. He could have lived in the Arctic fifteen and a half years just as easily as five and a half years. By combining great natural, physical, and mental ability with hard, practical,...
Page xviii - What Stefansson stands for is this: he has grasped the meaning of polar work and has pursued his tasks in the Arctic regions section by section. He has profited by experience piled upon experience until he knows how to face and overcome every problem of the North. His method of work is to take the white man's brains and intelligence and the white man's persistence and will-power into the Arctic and supplement these forces with the woodcraft, or, I should say, polar-craft, of the Eskimo — the ability...
Page 642 - ... audibly every time we moved. These clothes were so stiff that the arm of my coat actually rubbed deep sores in my wrists during our marches ; one of these sores — the one on the right hand — got frost-bitten, the wound grew deeper and deeper, and nearly reached the bone.
Page 146 - Huge pieces are then torn rapidly off the edges of both floes if they are of similar thickness, or off the edge of the weaker. If you happen to be camped on the weaker one, it behooves you to move quickly.
Page xix - The contributions of his expeditions are important and extensive. Besides the natural history and geologic knowledge, he has made inroads into the million square miles of unknown Arctic regions, the largest for many years. His hydrographic work is specially important, in surveys, and in magnetic declinations. His numerous soundings not only outline the continental shelf from Alaska to Prince Patrick Island, but also disclose the submarine mountains and valleys of the bed of Beaufort Sea.

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