After landing in Greenland in 1913, MacMillan and his team built their home base at Etah, a common base camp site for Arctic expeditions. They planned to stay here for two years, venturing out onto the ocean in early spring to try and locate Crocker Land before the ice broke up with warm weather, and collecting scientific data at the lodge (which they named Borup Lodge, in honor of George Borup) during the rest of the time.

Borup Lodge became their home until 1917, when the team was finally rescued after being stranded for two extra years.

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