To the End of the Earth

Our Epic Journey to the North Pole and the Legend of Peary and Henson

Tom Avery

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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-old journey, using the same equipment as Peary, to prove that Peary had indeed done what he had claimed and discovered the North Pole.

Navigating treacherous pressure ridges, deadly channels of open water, bitterly cold temperatures, and traveling in a similar style to Peary’s with dog teams and replica wooden sledges bound together with cord, Avery tells the story of how his team covered 413 nautical miles to the North Pole in thirty-six days and twenty-two hours—some four hours faster than Peary. Weaving fascinating polar exploration history with thrilling extreme adventure, this is Avery’s story of how he and his team nearly gave their lives proving Peary told the truth.

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TO THE END OF THE EARTH
1. The Man with Two ToesAT 3:34 P.M. ON DECEMBER 28, 2002, WE ARRIVED at the South Pole, becoming the fastest and youngest team in history to complete the journey. The Pole had filled my dreams ever since I was a young boy, when my mother gave me a book about the adventures of Captain Robert Falcon Scott. I was immediately captivated by Scott's heroic story, and my imagination ran wild trying to picture this otherworldly place called Antarctica. From that moment I knew my life wouldn't be complete until I had stood on that hallowed patch of snow at the bottom of the world.

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Tom Avery

TOM AVERY, as one of only forty-one people in history to have reached both the North and South poles on foot, is one of the brightest stars amongst the new generation of young explorers. Tom holds several exploration world records and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for leading “the fastest surface journey to the North Pole.” He lives in Wimbledon, England.

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

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St. Martin's Press
March 2009
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ISBN: 9781466817586
ISBN10: 1466817585
336 pages, Plus one 16-page color photo insert
$7.99
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