First Circumnavigation of Ellesmere Where Peary, Greely and the Giants Once Roamed with Jon Turk
Stuck to the sheets by dried blood, in a dank sweltering hotel in Honiara……. Jon Turk’s presentation starts with snippets of journeys and reminisces from the crocodile infested jungles of the Solomon Islands to the Polar North, where he visited a Siberian shaman on five separate expeditions. The main body of his talk chronicles the first circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island which Jon completed with Erik Boomer in 2011. The two modern adventurers visit the long abandoned campsites of earlier giants of the heroic age of exploration, such as Peary and Greely. The polar spirit wolf, the crocodile conjurer of the Solomons, Moolynaut the Koryak healer, and nameless ice age mammoth hunters all become guides and companions in this passage across forbidding ice and remote landscapes.
National Geographic nominated Jon and Erik as one of the top ten adventure teams of 2011. They were on the front page of the New York Times. Arctic historian Jerry Kobalenko called their expedition one of the last great heretofore undone passages in the Polar North.
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