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Charles Rabot Facts and Accomplishments

Charles Rabot was a French explorer that was also a geographer, glaciologist, journalist, lecturer, translator, and of course world traveler.

He is known for being the first person to climb Mount Kebnekaise which is the tallest peak in Sweden. 

Charles Rabot Portrait


Charles Rabot was born in Nevers, France on June 26, 1856. 

Not much is known about his early years, however, he shows up in history in 1882 when he led his first expedition to Spitsbergen. Spitsbergen is located in the Arctic Ocean near Norway. His first expedition was more of an excursion.

In 1883 Rabot became the first person to ever climb to the top of Kebnekaise which was located in Sweden.

Ten years after the expedition to Spitsbergen, Charles Rabot sailed on the ship La Mancha to map out the glacier Svartisen. During the expedition, he crossed Spitsbergen from the west side to the east side and surveyed Prins Karls Forland.

Despite his accomplishments, some of Charles Rabot’s best work was the study of the Arctic peoples near the Ural Mountains. He did extensive work with the Chuvash, Cheremiss, Permiak, Zyrian, Khanty, and Samoyed peoples. 

He also translated many books on Arctic exploration and sciences.

Charles Rabot lived until February 1, 1944. During the time of his explorations, he witnessed World War I and some of World War 2.

Unfortunately, there is not much known about the man Charles Rabot. His work survived his memory.


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