The Fan Hitch Volume 11, Number 2, March 2009

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog
In This Issue....

From the Editor: Working Dogs
Reasoned Perception or Illogical Vision

Fan Mail

In the News

Evolutionary Changes in Domesticated Dogs:
the Broken Covenant of the Wild, Part I

The Gentrification of Working Breeds

Qimmiit Utirtut is Four Years-Old!

Sledge Dog Memorial Fund Update

Behavior Notebook:
Curious Naturalist

Remembering a Stunning Achievement

Book Review: The Polar World: the Unique Vision of Sir Wally Herbert

IMHO: You, a Reader of The Fan Hitch

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Setting out from Point Barrow; watercolour; 1990
Sir Wally Herbert, courtesy of Kari Herbert, Polarworld

Remembering a Stunning Achievement

As we Inuit Dog enthusiasts follow the progress of the British Antarctic Husky Memorial project in the waning months of its successful conclusion, an unparalleled feat of a former FIDS/BAS doggy man, his companions and their Inuit Dogs is being celebrated on the 40th anniversary of its achievement. On 6 April 1969, four men: Sir Wally Herbert, Dr. Fitzroy 'Fritz' Koerner, Allan Gill, Dr. Ken Hedges and forty Inuit Sled Dogs reached the North Pole while on an expedition that would be hailed as the 'last great journey on Earth' - the first crossing of the Arctic Ocean along its longest axis, and the first undisputed expedition to reach the North Pole on foot. The pioneering British Trans-Arctic Expedition (BTAE), conceived and led by Sir Wally Herbert, involved a 16-month journey across 3,620 miles (5826 km) of sea ice from Alaska to Svalbard via the Pole of Inaccessibility and the North Pole. (See the review of Sir Wally Herbert's Across the Top of the World The Last Great Journey on Earth in the September 2007 issue of The Fan Hitch.)

North Pole and Beyond: A Celebration of Polar Science and Endeavour will be held at the Royal Geographical Society in London, England on Tuesday 7th April 2009 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the British Trans-Arctic Expedition. Admission is free.

To celebrate the anniversary of the British Trans-Arctic Expedition, Polarworld is offering a beautifully presented hardback edition of The Polar World: The Unique Vision of Sir Wally Herbert, Sir Wally's last book, at a very special half price of 17.50 plus shipping.

For further information about the event or to purchase a copy of The Polar World: The Unique Vision of Sir Wally Herbert, please visit Polarworld, contact Kari Herbert, or Polarworld, 5 Hurrell's Row, Harston, Cambridge CB22 7NW, UK.
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