Expeditions to reach places thought to be unreachable and the hardships that must be overcome capture the public imagination. At the beginning of the 21st century we discuss the difficulties of manned voyages to Mars, at the beginning of the 20th century explorers were hoping to reach areas of our planet that were thought to be similarly uninviting and unreachable.
The North Pole is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean more than 400 miles from land, in addition to being a remote location it has one of the most difficult climates on the planet. At the turn of the century it was the goal and obsession of Robert E. Peary to be the first explorer to reach the North Pole.
Peary claimed that he and his party reached the North Pole on April 6, 1909, during his third attempt. Individuals who wish to evaluate Peary’s records of his polar explorations, may find them preserved at the Federal National Archives and Records Administration. Robert E. Peary’s, field notebooks, diaries, photographs, and maps relating to his arctic explorations were donated to the National Archives by the Peary family.
You can do some exploring on your own and travel along with Robert Peary on this journey to the North Pole, view his diary pages from the date he reached his destination and see pictures taken upon that occasion at the web page maintained by the National Archives.
~Thanks to Craig Copelan for this post