by Thomas William Parrott
There's a rather unusual old map that I've had hanging on wall of my flat for the last few years. It's one of Captain James Cook's maps of the Bering Strait, drawn up on his fateful final third voyage of the Pacific Ocean. The coastal lines are all drawn up and labelled and the archipelago that lies in-between the Strait are all very much discovered. Written on the far northern area of Alaska are two words, parts unknown. I think to most people this part of the globe is a blank, and without the ease of google map or a knowledge of that part of the world it wouldn't really concern many people to find out whats there. But I've always had an intrigue to the unknown so I decided to pack a bag with a camera and some clothes and go and find out myself what lay out there in Captain Cooks' uncharted parts of Northern Alaska.