Until then, the quest for the North Pole had been mostly a procession of massive expeditions. Edward J. Larson: The North Pole was a fundamentally romantic goal, promising glory to anyone who could achieve it. Capelotti: It was a series of absolutely catastrophic mismanaged and or fatal expeditions to the North Pole or attempts on the North Pole. This was a useful revelation in his study of oceanic currents, but a disappointment for their North Pole quest. The Quest for the North Pole is a production of iHeartRadio and Mental Floss.