Cook devotes a considerable part of My Attainment of the Pole and most of Return from the Pole to describing that winter he spent with his two Inuit companions at Cape Sparbo. Cook claimed that he was without civilized food or ammunition to obtain game and survived only by reviving the techniques of the Stone Age hunter. Many who have vehemently denied he reached the North Pole have been willing to acknowledge his winter on Devon Island as one of the greatest of all Arctic survival stories. But even this enthralling story collapses upon analysis of Cook’s original diaries now at the Library of Congress.
    According to them, Cook arrived at Sparbo with considerable food and ammunition, wintered in a snug standard Inuit stone igloo in a far milder climate than northern Greenland and was surrounded by ample game which he slaughtered at will. Other important details of Cook’s narrative also suffer on close analysis, though less so than Peary’s. One of the chief jibes against Peary concerns the incredible speeds he claimed during the unwitnessed part of his polar journey. Cook’s, by comparison, look conservative, yet Cook’s progress to the Pole, at an average of more than 15 miles a day is far faster than he, himself, estimated was possible before he attempted it. No dog-sledge journey to the Pole, before or since, even ones that were resupplied en route, and so did not need to haul all its supplies from land to the Pole and back again, has ever approached anything like it. In fact, until 1995, no surface expedition (until that of Weber and Malakov)    of any kind reached the North Pole and returned to any point of land unresupplied in any amount of time. Their accomplishment of this incredible physical feat has never been given adequate recognition.
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