The Beitstadt Glacier
On March 11, 1914, the long-awaited, 1,200-mile-long trek in quest of Crocker Land began. Crossing Ellesmere Island northwest of Greenland, Ekblaw, Donald MacMillan, the expedition leader, Fitzhugh Green, a Navy ensign, and seven Inuit encountered a 4,700-foot-high obstacle in the form of the Beitstadt Glacier. The front of the glacier was a nearly vertical wall of ice 55-feet high. It took the explorers an entire day to transport their 3,000 pounds of supplies up this precipitous ice wall.