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ACROSS THE ARCTIC OCEAN: ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE LAST GREAT POLAR JOURNEY Wally Herbert 2015 1st ed Large Hardcover New Multiple copies available
By Herbert, Sir Wally, Lewis-Jones, Huw
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USA, 2015, 1st edition. 240 pp, 157 photos, 86 in color. Larger hardcover with Dust Jacket, New. Still in original shrink wrap!

This is a large book. Extra postage will be requested for Priority Mail or International Mail. 

Sir Walter William Herbert (1934   2007) was a British polar explorer, writer and artist. In 1969 he became the first man fully recognized for walking to the North Pole, on the 60th anniversary of Robert Peary's disputed expedition. This book fully illustrates and describes that journey of 1968-1969. 

British Trans-Arctic Expedition

From 1968 to 1969, Herbert led the British Trans-Arctic Expedition, a 3,800-mile surface crossing of the Arctic Ocean, from Alaska to Spitsbergen, which some historians had billed as "the last great journey on Earth." 

In July 1968, having crossed 1,900 km (1200 miles) of rough drifting ice, Herbert and his team (Allan Gill, Dr. Roy "Fritz" Koerner, and Dr. Kenneth Hedges) established a camp. Because they could not reach a position where the drift of the trans-Arctic ice-stream was in their favor, they were forced to stay for the winter, as they drifted around the pole. Only when sunlight returned the following year could they continue their journey, finally reaching the North Pole via the Pole of Inaccessibility on 6 April 1969. 

Their feat was recognized by the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, as "a feat of endurance and courage which ranks with any in polar history", and which Prince Philip stated "ranks among the greatest triumphs of human skill and endurance".

In recognition of his polar achievements, Herbert received several honors and awards: among them the Polar Medal and bar; the Founders' Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, the gold medals of several Geographical Societies, and the Explorers Medal of the Explorers Club. He has a mountain range and a plateau named after him in the Antarctic; the most northerly mountain in Svalbard named after him in the Arctic.

Peary controversy

Wally Herbert's research challenged Robert Peary's claim to have reached the North Pole in 1909. The National Geographic Society, which had supported Peary's original expedition, hired Herbert to assess a 1909 diary and astronomical observations, which had not been accessible to researchers for decades. Herbert concluded that the explorer had not reached the Pole and must have falsified the records. 

His book, The Noose of Laurels: The Race to the North Pole (1989), caused a furor when it was published, and its conclusion is widely debated. The Foundation for the Promotion of the Art of Navigation, commissioned by the National Geographic Society to resolve the issue, disagreed, and concluded that Peary had indeed reached the Pole. Since then the National Geographic Society has come to accept Herbert's version of events.


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