Welcome to Explorer's Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at larger than life figures in the world of exploration, and will be looking at the pioneers. Today we feature a picture of Frederick Cook taken in 1911 in the arctic. The issue of who in fact was the first to reach the north pole remains a controversial topic to this day. Many now doubt the claims made by Cook to have reached the pole. I will not try to unravel the tangled mess of which explorer actually reached the pole, but will instead admire the courage of these men to undertake the expeditions they did.