Author Gerald R. Pitzl’s new book “True North: Victory in the Race to the Pole” is a fascinating memoir of the daring and dangerous Arctic Expedition of 1968.

SANTA FE, New Mexico, 22 November 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Gerald R. Pitzl, a United States Marine Corps veteran and career educator who served both in the Vietnam and the Korean conflicts and retired after thirty-four years with the rank of colonel, former professor in the geography department of Macalester College, and navigator on the two Plaisted polar expeditions of 1967 and 1968 currently living with his wife, Devi benjamin, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, completed his new book “True North: Victory in the Race to the Pole”: a true and compelling story of skill, courage and perseverance for a team of intrepid polar explorers in the late 1960s.

The author writes: “The 1968 Plaisted Polar Expedition was the first indisputable achievement of the North Pole over the ice surface of the Arctic Ocean from a point on Earth. The journey lasted forty-four days of struggle, delays, intense cold, windstorms and the uncommon determination of the dedicated members of the expedition to reach the goal. The first part of the book covers the daily activities of the Ice Team as they progressed very slowly north and the Base Camp Support Team, working to ensure the logistical tasks necessary for Part 2 highlights shed light on Peary’s navigation practices on his 1909 quest to reach the North Pole, a claim that even the National Geographic Society, his strong supporter for 111 years, has now concluded had failed. His navigation failed him. This became very clear in the analysis. “

Published by Page Publishing, Gerald R. Pitzl This captivating book is a must read for students passionate about history, geography and polar exploration.

“Our last campsite was established on April 18. Over the next thirty-six hours, I determined that our position by celestial navigation was four nautical miles from the North Pole at a latitude of eighty-nine degrees and fifty-six minutes north and a longitude of four – Twenty-five degrees West. The morning of April 20, we traveled these remaining miles at the latitude of ninety degrees north. The verification of the results was accompanied by an overview of the Air Force at 10:30 a.m. CDT to April 20. The total number of days on the ice was forty-four. “- Gerald R. Pitzl

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