National Geographic : 1938 Aug
OUR SEARCH FOR THE LOST AVIATORS new engine before venturing out over the ice, and to see if the miss ing men might have landed in the mountains, as indicated by the report of the Es kimos on Barter Island, who had thought they heard a plane fly ing over on Au gust 13 (page 142). By now, daylight lasted nine or ten hours a day. On March 3 the weather was per fect-a cloudless sky, with crystal clear conditions. We flew westward over the Richard son and Brooks Mountains, in cluding the Endi cott Mountains, to 153° west lon gitude. Caribou and mountain sheep are to be found in this region. From the air it looks like an "irregular waffle," many of the valleys being blind (page 152). The country is uninhabited and Photograph from Kathleen Shackleton A SIX-YEAR-OLD HOLDS HIS OWN TRAPPER'S LICENSE Although not much taller than the string of big fish his companion holds, proud Robin Matthews of Aklavik is probably the youngest white child in the north to be licensed as a trapper. The frozen fish are winter fare for sled dogs. On his feet Robin wears deerskin "mukluks." has been very lit tle prospected or mapped because there is no timber for fuel. Moss, lichens, and other hardy plants are the only vegetation. Then we followed the mountain range to Herschel Island, and back again to the Col ville River, before returning to Aklavik. We flew 1,300 miles east and west along the mountains that day. The next day the visibility was again perfect, so we flew on short northern and southern courses, covering the mountain ranges from Aklavik to latitude 152° west. We also made two long flights over the foothills and southward over the moun tains, covering 1,800 miles, and landed at the village of Old Crow, on the Porcupine River just over the border in Canada, to load some fuel cached there for us. Old Crow is reputed to be the coldest spot in. Canada. It was 40° below zero the night we spent there. These flights convinced us that the Rus sians had not crashed in the mountains, for the peaks were fairly clean of snow and we felt we could have seen any wreckage. Bad weather held us up until March 10, when we made a flight to 810 15' north and 115 west, but had to turn back when thick clouds came up. We flew 11 hours and 20 minutes that day.