Henson & Peary's 133-mile dash was matched by Crowley & Landry on their first attempt; they used 1909 size sledge loads
"Came on at a good clip for about 4 hours when the sledges over- took me. After that obliged to sit on sledges most of the time ...or else run to keep up."
Peary; April 1, 1909
(below) 1969 British Trans-Arctic Team apparently sat on their sledges letting the dogs do all the work. When the dogs were exhausted fresh ones were flown in by the Air Force.
British hypocrisy?
(above) In this photo we see Wally Herbert's entire team riding on grossly overloaded sledges (800 lbs of equipment) requiring double the number of dogs Peary used.

Yet Herbert, who only made one camping trip to the Pole (supplied by airplanes) wrote a book called "Noose of Laurels" in which he tried to disprove Peary's North Pole accomplishment by declaring his travel speeds were "impossible." This has since become a joke on Herbert, among the Polar fraternity, since it is known he was simply an "overloaded amateur" compared to the highly trained and immensely experienced team of Henson & Peary. (Similar to a 3-hour marathon runner "proving" a 2-hour marathon time would be impossible)
Scottish Jealousy?
Herbert, a Scotsman, later declared himself the first person to reach the Pole by dog team (not Peary & Henson) and sells paintings of the event for up to $15,000 when he isn't selling himself as a lecturer on "Peary's false North Pole claims".

At the time Noose of Laurels was published, almost no one realized that Herbert was not only unqualified to comment on how Peary traveled, but that he deliberately lied about what was or wasn't in Peary's diary. For more detailed facts about Herbert, read this brilliant review by Douglas R. Davies.
[Peary's Diary] April 1
"Came on at a good clip for about 4 hours when the sledges overtook me. After that obliged to sit on sledges most of the time ...or else run to keep up. Kept the pace for 10 hours....Have no doubt we covered 30 miles but will be conservative & call it 25...April 3: Dogs frequently on trot...April 4: over 10 hours on a direct course, 25 dogs often on the trot, occasionally on the run. 25 miles....April 5: dog on trot much of the time. Last two hours on young ice of a north & south lead they were often galloping. 10 hours. 25 miles or more. Great....April 6: The rise in the temp to -15˚ has reduced friction of the sledges 25% & gives the dogs appearance of having caught the spirits of the party. The more sprightly ones as they trot along with tightly curved tails, repeatedly toss their heads with short barks & yelps. 12 hours on a direct course. (30 miles)"
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[Peary's Diary] April1; (page c)
"Up to now I have intentionally kept in the extreme rear, to straighten out any little hitch or encourage a man with a broken sledge & see that everything is drawing. From here on I shall take my proper place in the lead....(April 2) hard & level with patches of sapphire blue ice (the pools of last summer, & with a surrounded by pressure ridges, some of which almost stupendous, yet easily negotiable either through some convenient gap or up the slope of some huge drifts.)"
Notice how lightly the sledges are loaded. Henson & Peary were making a "dash" to the Pole from the virtual highway of base camps made by all the support teams and back again. They traveled fast because of light loads, dogs in top condition, perfect weather, and because they were the best dog team drivers. On the way back the dogs simply followed their existing outbound trail—a fact that makes travel much faster than blazing a trail.

[Peary's Diary]
Sat. Apr. 3
"Got on the trail 3 hours earlier this morning after a small sleep. Am going to try & work in an extra march. Am training down. Took up another hole in my belt this morning. Weather fine, clear & calm. Ice as yesterday except at beginning of march it was rougher requiring use of pickaxes. This & a brief delay at a narrow lead cut down our distance some. Ten hours. (20 m.) half way to 89˚. Dogs frequently on trot. Some gigantic rafters but not in our path."

[Peary's Diary] Sunday Apr. 4
"Hit the trail again before midnight after a short sleep. If weather holds good shall be able to make get in the extra march. The day a duplicate of day before yesterday as to weather & going. The latter even better. The surface is as even (except for the pressure ridges) as the glacial fringe from Hecla to Columbia, & harder. Something over 10 hours on a direct course, 25 dogs often on the trot, occasionally on the run. 25 miles. Near end of march crossed a hundred yard lead on thin young ice. As I ran ahead to guide the dogs obliged to slide my feet & travel wide, bear style. One runner of one sledge cut through for some distance but the sledge kept up. The men let sledges & dogs come on by themselves & came gliding across where they could. The last two came over on all fours. Sledge ran over side of my right foot as result of my stumbling while running but think it will give me no trouble. Am tired but satisfied with our progress. We are in sight of 89˚. Give me three days more of this weather."

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