The First Crossing of Greenland

The First Crossing of Greenland

by Fridtjof Nansen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0898753775

ISBN-13: 9780898753776

Pub. Date: 01/01/2001

Publisher: University Press of the Pacific

Across Greenland on Skis - an intriguing account of the first successful crossing of Greenland. Though it's been noted that Peary wanted to be the first to cross Greenland, Nansen beat him to it.

As early as 1882, Nansen began to consider plans for a journey across Greenland, the world's largest island. The interior of this barren land had remained completely

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Across Greenland on Skis - an intriguing account of the first successful crossing of Greenland. Though it's been noted that Peary wanted to be the first to cross Greenland, Nansen beat him to it.

As early as 1882, Nansen began to consider plans for a journey across Greenland, the world's largest island. The interior of this barren land had remained completely unexplored, and in scientific circles of the time the most diversified and remarkable theories were held on conditions there. Nansen was keen to ascertain for himself what the country was like and felt that skis were the most suitable means of progression in these inhospitable regions - the airoplane was, of course, still many years in the future. He had made a public announcement of his intentions in 1887, and in 1888, together with five companions, he put his plan to the test - and triumphed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898753776
Publisher:
University Press of the Pacific
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Edition description:
Reprint New Edition
Pages:
452
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.18(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

I.Introduction1
II.The Equipment21
III."Ski" and "Skilobning"48
IV.The Voyage to Iceland68
V.Cruising in the Ice78
VI.The Bladder-Nose Seal and its Capture91
VII.Attempt to Land--Drifting in the Ice105
VIII.Still Drifting125
IX.The East Coast of Greenland147
X.The East Coast--an Eskimo Encampment163
XI.The East Coast--Another Stage Northwards191
XII.The East Coast--Further Dealings with the Eskimo209
XIII.Our Last Encampment on the East Coast228
XIV.Our Start for the West Coast--The Ascent of the Ice243
XV.The Crossing of the "Inland Ice"--We Change Our Course for Godthaab--Some Features of the Climate and the Snow267
XVI.The Crossing of the "Inland Ice"--A Storm in the Interior--Our Domestic Life287
XVII.The Crossing of the "Inland Ice"--The First Sight of Land and First Drink of Water302
XVIII.The Crossing of the "Inland Ice"--The Descent to Ameralikfjord321
XIX.Our Voyage, and Arrival at Godthaab350
XX.Waiting in Ameralikfjord375
XXI.Winter Quarters at Godthaab389
XXII.First Lessons in the "Kayak"402
XXIII.Christmas at Godthaab410
XXIV.Sardlok and Kangek--Notes from My Diary417
XXV.Further Attempts on the "Inland Ice"--The Ship the Ship!--The Voyage Home434
Index448

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