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By Jerry Kobalenko

A photojournalist's 14-year, 4,000 mile quest, following within the footsteps of the good explorers.

Both the heaven and hell of the excessive Arctic, Ellesmere Island lies an insignificant 450 miles from the North Pole. This mountainous jewel has the top peaks within the Western Hemisphere east of the Rockies and is filled with breathtaking surroundings and spell binding natural world. It additionally has the top misery-per-visitor ratio on the earth, in accordance with the hot York occasions. What possesses humans to move there, usually many times, occasionally to undergo and die? Jerry Kobalenko has made extra visits to and walked extra miles on Ellesmere island than a person, prior or present.

Kobalenko investigates the reasons and error of the island's first explorers; recounts the disastrous 1881-84 day trip of Adolphus Greely in brilliant aspect; searches for clues to the mysterious disappearance of scientist-explore Hans Kruger and the homicide of an Inuit consultant; recreates many of the explorer's island_s so much tricky trips; has a nearly lethal come across with a polar undergo; and displays upon the that means of utmost experience and his personal complex dating with a spot that, like revenge, is healthier served chilly. half travelogue, half historic study, half traditional technological know-how, half experience secret, The Horizontal Everest brings to existence one man's overall involvement with a forbidding yet romantic island.

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