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To the End of the Earth: Our Epic Journey to the North Pole and the Legend of Peary and Henson

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April 2009 is the one-hundredth anniversary of perhaps the greatest controversy in the history of exploration. Did U.S. Naval Commander Robert Peary and his team dogsled to the North Pole in thirty-seven days in 1909? Or, as has been challenged, was this speed impossible, and was he a cheat? In 2005, polar explorer Tom Avery and his team set out to recreate this 100-year-o ...more
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Punk
Dec 31, 2012 Punk rated it it was ok
Tom Avery takes sixteen dogs, four humans, and two sleds from Cape Columbia to the North Pole in thirty-seven days, the fastest expedition of its kind, in order to prove that Robert E. Peary could have done the same in 1909.

The middle of this is great. It's a lively travelogue of what it's like to travel over the frozen Arctic Ocean, lead a team of Eskimo dogs, and make camp in weather that will freeze your fingers solid if you take too long to tie your boots. I appreciated the details of what i
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Elizabeth
Nov 25, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Foolhardiness often overlaps with bravery. Oftentimes, it's not until after the success that we dub it as brave; the most famous accomplishments were often accused of being ludicrous when they were first proposed. From the top of Everest to the bottom of the ocean's trenches, we are constantly encroaching on that legendary phrase-- "to boldly go where no man has gone before."
Tom Avery has dedicated his life to doing just that. In his young life, Avery has made expeditions to both poles, in the A
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John
Apr 23, 2012 John rated it really liked it
Tom Avery, a young Englishman who made it to the South Pole pulling sledges, becomes fixated on Peary's epic 1909 thirty seven day dog sled adventure to the North Pole (not magnetic north pole). Peary and his faithful first man Henson had taken a beating from modern explorers such as Sir Wally Herbert, who had said that the speeds Peary made were not possible. So Avery set out with four companions and 16 dogs to try to beat the 37 day time. Although the outcome was by no means certain, the four ...more
Alisa
Jan 30, 2015 Alisa rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I always like self-journey, amazing feat books, and this one was also good. Apparently, I must be somewhat small in thinking the Arctic Ocean was actually an ocean, not just thousands of miles of ice. The author sets out to prove a 1909 explorer got to the north pole in 37 days. What was so interesting about this book is the conditions and challenges they faced in getting to the north pole, or the middle section of the book. I didn't totally love the last 50 or so pages about climate change and ...more
Michelle
May 20, 2009 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: history, booklusttogo
This was really a fascinating story and I'd love to give it another star. The book has a few editing problems and I'm disappointed at the occasional profanity included--one of my sons would have enjoyed it. But the author, who led a team to the North Pole using dogsleds, to test if Peary could have done it in 37 days--was a good read anyway. The team did make it, although I doubt the Peary-doubters will ever really be convinced. I didn't know that Peary was NOT credited outside the US with the d ...more
Tracy Nelson Ramos
Nov 04, 2014 Tracy Nelson Ramos rated it really liked it
Very interesting book. I didn't think about the nature of the landscape and the challenges it presents. Since the North Pole is not a land mass the continually changing ice patterns, currents, and well below freezing temperatures make a journey to the North Pole a much more difficult voyage than a journey to the South Pole. Avery does a good job of interspersing his daily logs with the historical debate of who reached the North
Pole first and the various expeditions that tried.
Bookmaniac70
Mar 13, 2013 Bookmaniac70 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative and honest book. I liked the day-to-day account of the expedition. Tom Avery writes well and has a very nice sense of humor. Would recommend his story to everyone interested in polar exploration.
Tom
Jun 13, 2010 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this one up in Suttons Bay MI.
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