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Fort Conger - Ellesmere Island, Nunavut (13/26)

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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Good Earth Productions
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 30 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

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For most of history, Fort Conger has been the most northerly base camp in the world. This was the base that Admiral Robert E. Peary used on his dramatic pushes to the north pole. It was here that Peary had his frostbitten toes removed before struggling to the north pole. It was also here that U.S. Lieutenant Adolphus Greely made his fateful decision to travel south with his men to await a supply ship. It would be a miscalculation that would cost the lives of most of his twenty-seven man crew. One hundred years after it was established, these three shelters that huddle together against the Arctic winds remain one the the most evocative sites in all of Canada.