Polar Pathways: Robert E. Peary's Arctic Expeditions

1905-1906: Seeking the Pole

Peary's sledge trips across the Inland ice and other areas of Greenland were not as carefully chronicled as his ship passages to and from Greenland; the maps, and Peary's accounts of his routes, lack exact precision. However, Peary did keep detailed journals about his trek across the arctic terrain. While his narratives lack an abundance of coordinates, they provide readers with a frosty and thrilling account of Peary's struggles on the "Great Ice." The routes provided are taken from Peary's own cartography and provide a reasonable estimate of the trek. Click a location, description or date to learn more about that moment in time.

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About the 1906 Sledge Voyage

Cape Sheridan: The Start

Point Moss: Brilliant Moonlight

Polar Ice Pack: Tea on the Ice

March 8th, 1906: Water Smoke

March 21st, 1906: Fierce Wind

84 N 74 W: Timely Observations

The "Big Lead"

85 N: Meridan Observations

87 N: Cutting the Margin

Departure from 87 N: Red-Hot Needles

The "Big Lead" Revisited

Snowshoe Trek

Greenland Mountain: Land Clouds

Greenland Coast: Wearily Westward

Musk-Ox Repast

Onto the Roosevelt

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