Northward: Peary’s 1908-09 Expedition

A large cairn

By keeping well out today we passed the dreaded Black Horn Cliffs very easily and comfortably as far as the surface of the ice was concerned, but a rather disagreeable day of snow and mist completely shutting out the west side of Robeson Channel. If it had been clear we would have undoubtedly tried the crossing in spite of the twenty-five miles of ice and possibly water, leads and cracks.
    As we approached Repulse Harbor the Esquimaux thought that the ice foot would be better then the channel ice, so we swung in onto the shore following it down to the southern point of the harbor through rather soft going. Here the ice was jammed high against the shore leaving no practicable place for a camp; so we pushed out through and camped on the ice about a hundred yards from land.
    A large cairn up on the hill attracted my attention. Visiting it I found it to be the largest I have seen, I think it must be the largest on the North Greenland Coast. I thought at first that it had been constructed by Hall, but in consulting my Tyson's book I find the following "Went ashore in the boat with Captain Hall, and examined a bight in shore to see if it would do for a harbor. No protection, would not do".
    So this then must be the famous cairn of Lieut Beaumont of the English Expedition of 1875-1876!   

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