The "great lead" stopped them for 6 days until it froze over...

Approaching a leadóa long split in the ice. The Arctic ocean is often exposed as open water.  Leads open and close with the forces of currents, wind, tides and the gravity of the moon. The vast sheets of ice are subject to pressures from wind over hundreds of square miles that can compress the ice until is crushes upward, or pulls apart.
Arctic Team waiting for lead to close

Stopped by a big lead. They could not get across and had to wait for the water to freeze. Sometimes leads freeze quickly but this was a big one and they had to wait 6 days for it to freeze over. Even then it wasn't really solid--but rubbery and very dangerous to cross. But Matt and Peary had to dash on to the Pole!
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