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Mount Nansen  Yukon Territory   #3573
Ranges: North America Ranges / Yukon Ranges / Dawson Range

Height: 1827 m -> 5994 feet
Prominence?: 532 m  
Line Parent?: Victoria Mountain (10.1 km away, at bearing 68 degrees)
Greater Parent: Victoria Mountain (10.0 km away)

Location:   62.10620,-137.30280     62:06:22, -137:18:10   8V 379824 6888146 (53 km W of Carmacks). NTS Mapsheet: 115.I.03   AreaCode: GN27/BD00
Mount Nansen is located near the eastern end of the Dawson Range. A mining road runs partway up the east ridge. The summit is a hike from the end of this road.

Name Notes: Named after Fridtjof Nansen, a norwegian explorer who made the first serious attempt to reach the north Pole. He made his first voyage to Greenland waters in a sealing ship 1882, and in 1888 succeeded in crossing the Greenland icefield on skis from East to West together with Otto Sverdrup, Olaf Dietrichson, Kristian Kristiansen Trana, Samuel Balto and Ole Nielsen Ravna. In 1893, he sailed to the Arctic in the Fram (a purpose-built, round-hulled ship later used by Roald Amundsen to transport his expedition to Antarctica) which was deliberately allowed to drift north through the ice, a journey that took more than three years. During this first crossing of the Arctic Ocean the expedition became the first to discover the existence of a deep polar basin. When after more than one year in the ice it became apparent that Fram would not reach the North Pole, Nansen, accompanied by Hjalmar Johansen (1867-1913), continued north on foot and, in April 1895, reached 86 14 N, the highest latitude then attained. The two men were forced to spend the winter, surviving on walrus blubber and polar bear meat, on Franz Josef Land, where they eventually, in the summer of 1896, connected with a British expedition led by Frederick George Jackson.

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