Polar Pathways: Robert E. Peary's Arctic Expeditions

1908-1909: The North 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 North Pole

Departure for the Pole

Glacial Fringe

Open Water

March 4th, 1909: Oppressively Warm



Traveling towards the "Ends of the Earth"

Borup and the Crevasse

March 19th, 1909: A Program

Storm Camp

Sending Borup Home

March 22nd, 1909: Tortuous Going

85 North 48 West: Pulling a Raft

Goodbye Marvin

The Farthest North

Breaking Ice

Continuing to the Pole

Goodbye to Bartlett

The Final Lap

The Final Sprint

Nearing the Pole

One Day from the Pole

The Last March

The North Pole

Homeward Bound

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