Boreal Ties (Hardcover)
Photographs and Two Diaries of the 1901 Peary Relief Expedition
University of New Mexico Press, 9780826328106, 248pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2002
Wyckoff and Bement embarked looking forward to what twenty-first century travelers would call adventure tourism. They envisioned themselves hunting wild game, admiring and photographing magnificent scenery, and escaping the stresses of their lives as businessmen. The scenery did not disappoint, as the photographs assembled here testify, but the stress of sailing in polar seas was worse than the travelers imagined. They endured maggoty food, head lice, and hives. The ice and the incompetence of the shipas crew threatened their lives on more than one occasion. In addition to the drama of the journey and the magnificent Arctic scenery, this travelogue is a valuable record of the American explorersa encounters with Inuit people, many of whom are identified by name.