In 2017, Henry Cookson shared the record for the longest solo Antarctic crossing. The high-pressure recording device on his expedition called “HMS Endeavour” that accompanied him on this journey recorded temperatures at which he would have swum to the South Pole had he not stopped to eat and sleep. He reached a minimum of 66 degrees below zero Fahrenheit and was above 160 degrees Celsius for more than three days. It was worth it for the length of time that he spent on his journey, but it wasn’t easy for him with all the difficulties due to sudden changes in wind direction and snow thickness, ice thickness, snow depth and temperature loss due to solar radiation being so extreme.
Henry Cookson became the first person to sail solo around the world without a ship. For that, he traveled around the world on his homemade boat and reached South Pole in 6 days.
The story of Henry Cookson is one of a kind. He created an opportunity for people all over the world to join him and follow his journey, which was a test for humanity and an inspiration for many. But we should not forget that Henry Cookson was also just another human being taking on challenges big or small, doing what he felt like doing at any given moment or location. He did not have a clear idea about what he was going to do, but it was enough for him to start doing it – no matter how difficult it would be or how long it would take him along his journey.
This is a brief introduction to an individual who, at the time of writing this book, is the longest surviving polar explorer. His journey of 46 years has taken him all across the world’s oceans.
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The journey of Henry Cookson, who set out in a single-hulled boat on the ocean’s deepest dive, has been painstakingly detailed.
The polar explorer, Henry Cookson made a journey of 120,000 miles solo overland to reach the North Pole. He set off from England in 1934 and within a few days he was on the top of the world. His journey was done alone and he carried only his cumbersome kitbag and sleeping bag as he traveled across mountains, deserts, glaciers and seas to reach his goal.
The book “Polar Record” published by Bloomsbury is an account of his epic journey.
Henry Cookson was a polar explorer who set a record of seven journey to the North Pole. He was an atmospheric physicist before getting involved in polar exploration and thus always wanted to know the unknown. Over time, he would take more risks while exploring these far-off places.
Henry Cookson is probably one of the most famous polar explorers. His first expedition was in 1898 and was part of the British Empire’s attempt to reach the north pole. After that first expedition, he made a second one by sailing around Greenland while staying at an Arctic research station. It took him ten years to complete this second expedition. Along with the crew he took along with him, he achieved several scientific achievements:
We have heard about Henry Cookson’s journey of the Arctic Ocean. He has managed to reach the North Pole twice. This is a great achievement for him and also an inspiring story that needs to be told in his honor.
Henry Cookson is the only person to have been both a polar explorer and a book seller. He went through two of the most dangerous alpine expeditions in history, one of which involved an attempt to climb Mount Vinson, the second to cross Lake Vostok. His first expedition, to Lake Nyos on the West African coast in 1958, was stopped by deadly ice on and he was forced to return without reaching his goal. His second trip, eventually took him all the way to India and back home again, where he sold his collection of glassware at Bonhams auction house (and where he died).