King William Island Expedition of 1977

King William Island Expedition

of 1977

 King William Island Expedition of 1977

An Expedition across the Arctic Ice

By Stephen Trafton


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These notes are written in the warmth and comfort of my library, long after the cold and chill of the arctic has been warmed from my feet and hands. But the memories of these wondrous frozen lands are still bright and vivid, indelibly set in my mind.  I had a chance to follow in the footsteps of the famous 19th century arctic explorers, Ross, Perry, Franklin, McClintock, Rae and Simpson; those brave men who undertook to discover the Northwest Passage. Walking the barren lands inspires a private feeling of original accomplishment that is so illusive in today’s society.

Have you known the great white silence?…..

Have you broken trail on snowshoes?….

            Dared the unknown, led the way, and clutched the prize?….

Have you marked the map’s void spaces?…

Have you suffered, starved and triumphed, groveled down,

yet grasped at glory,

Grown bigger in the bigness of the whole?

“Done things” just for the doing….

Seeing through the nice veneer the naked soul?

The simple things, the true things, the silent men who do things….

….the Wild is calling….let us go.

These random lines from Robert Service’s Call of the Wild best reflect my innermost feelings about the North. Everyone has his quest—wealth, fame…….mine is to do things, to leave a legacy of life.


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