The trek to the North Pole was a treacherous journey that 413 nautical miles. Throughout earlier unsuccessful attempts to reach their destination, Henson, a versatile assisstance, had become an invaluable member of Peary's crew. Ayres wrote that Peary said of Henson, "He must go with me. I cannot make it without him". Serving as a combination blacksmith, carpenter, dog trainer, hunter, adn interpreter, Henson was the only member of the party to learn the Eskimo langauge. The Artic natives called him Maye-Palq, " the kind", and he was credited with sole responsibility for convincing the Eskimos for companies, speaking their language, dressing in the same kind of clothes, living in the same kind of dens, eating the smae food, enjoying their pleasures, and frequently sharing thier griefs. I have come to love these people."