Distance Covered: 13.83 Nautical Miles we’re 5 minutes from the 83rd Degree!
winds have picked up again… nothing quite like before, where taking off a jacket required careful consideration to avoid having it fly off for good. good news is, the sun’s still shining!
we’ve all had small problems to deal with, nothing significant, but annoying nonetheless. however, we’re moving forward like never before – almost 14 NM clocked in one day! faster, stronger, better. it’s the team spirit after all. –Max
Marble Bathrooms with A View – Anecdote
It was a bright blue sky with very light winds, so Hans and I decided to build a luxurious bathroom near camp.
Hans: I like to have a wall to lean on… You know what I mean?
Marble Floors, Jacuzzi, Cold AND Hot Water… and a Great View of course!
Max: Well, we’ve got the view! That’s a good start…
Distance Covered: 14.06 Nautical Miles Over 300 KMs Total!!
On the eve prior to our first rest day, we had to ski in a scary whiteout. the ever-present sastrugi persisted but luckily we only had light winds. Nevertheless, we had to navigate without visibility, and more importantly without GPS or a decent compass reading (compasses become less and less accurate as you get closer to the poles). Devon and I took turns Navigating up front, him with his compass and I with my Wind Ribbon. I learnt this technique from my good friend, Børge Ousland – the famous Norwegian Polar Explorer – with whom I skiied to the North Pole, back in 2004. Close to the poles, the wind blows from pretty much the same direction, coming usually from the pole +/- a few degrees.
Wind Ribbon Navigation:
1- Take Bearing with Compass
2- Compare Direction of the Wind Ribbon with the Bearing (should be the same)
3- Follow Wind Ribbon
4- Repeat every hour or so…
With the Wind Ribbons attached to my ski poles, we managed well in the whiteout, but had to climb up and down some huge sastrugi that we would have otherwise bypassed (by diverting our course a few meters) had we actually seen the satrugi coming. –Max
Maxime Chaya’s Wind Ribbon
navigating in a complete whiteout using Børge Ousland Wind Ribbon technique
Full Steam Ahead
Devon McDiarmid < Evelyne Binsack < Hans Foss in linear motion
Seems theBUZZ around Maxime’s Three Poles Challenge is growing…
a snippet about Maxime’s Expedition in the local French Newspaper this just popped up, unannounced! what a pleasant surprise!
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We always cook in twos. Today it was mine and Evelyne’s turn.
Although we always cook in pairs, we invariably have with us a Chef… That Chef is incredibly and undoubtedly the best cook in the World, even better than a 3 Star Michelin. Also, unlike Michelins, this Chef is not specialized in one kind of cuisine – he can cook anything, anytime anywhere! He’s also inexpensive and apart from the occasional grumble, doesn’t make a sound!
Yet every day, we taste the wonderful food and the magic touch he adds to it.
You might be asking yourselves, “Who is this Chef?”
Well… you all know him. His name is Hunger! –Max
Maxime Le Chef
Maxime stirs the pot as he and Evelyne cook up a delicious dinner for The Team
Evelyne was not having a great day, and the fact that it was a near whiteout with no snow contrast on the tricky frozen sastrugi made things worse for her… Yet she persevered and we were able to clock in our usual distance! –Max
Evelyne Binsack. Down, but by no means out!
thirsty Evelyne takes a drink out of her thermos
during a short break in the middle of a pure whiteout here a thermos is as much for keeping liquids from freezing,
as it is for keeping them warm
toufic omran i am from R.B.I.S: you are so fantastic
tweety: he did a great job wallah .
tina: you are a amazing personnal i like you you have a courage
Shoghig: you made me realize how infinite can dreams be...
Omar Al Dana from wellspring [grade 4 ]: I want to be like you , a risktakere ;i loooooooove you
DHARI AL SALEH: congragulationsfor your succes
ibrahim sakr: hi max remember me i am a wellspring i came to villa audie on thursday 3 december 3
firstname.lastname@example.org: just spent a good part of the night on your site,
the little mountain climbing i have done and my attachment to nature help me appreciate how wonderful are your achievements
Mireilla AbouRjeily: We are so proud of you I wish to do the same like you
Georges Assaf: We are proud of you Maxime!! You lift our Lebanese Spirit Up!!!
nadia rifai: hello i thank u for coming to our school expo and again i congradulate u n
Samia: You are a role model!
elie zgheib: go tiger
nadia from wellspring: i am so happy because you came to our school i kept my comic strip in class so maybe miss chirine could give it to you
congradulation for your sucess
Andree: Dear Maxim..
From a little country to a far away land..wish we all have your determination..you are a world wide symbol of lebanese pride.. GOD BLESS YOU..
Rami: You have an amazing spirit and courage, we are all proud of your achievements! total RESPECT!
Mark: Still feeling so proud of what you have done... Max... the hero of Lebanon!!! One of so few in the world to do whatyou have done...
Nadine: vs etes venu chez ns a l'ecole(IC Ain Aar) on a tous ete impressiones vs etes la fierte du Liban!! Ur our biggest hero thanks for everytime you did ur best to raise lebanon's name very hight!! we are proud of u!! Alf mabrouf
MASAYA: "Maxim respire ,liban existe." Je suis trop fière d'être libanaise comme toi MAXIM.
Imad A. Aoun: Max,comme t'appelle tes amis,j'ai suivi avec fierte tes apparences a la TV et ce soir avec Bikra Ilna sur OTV...tu es notre fierte nationale avec un esprit propre ,fier et determine .Courage dans tout ce que tu entreprends,et que Dieu soit toujours avec toi !!!
Rami A: Maxime you are a history !!! we are so proud of you when i will grow up i will make the climb of everst ur are my superman !!!
JC: It's a great pleasure to meet such a brave conquerer!!!
R1: Max, I watched the first season of Everest and admired your professionalism and compassion and have tremendous respect for you and for all other mountaineers (like me) because of the many challenges you endured. Congratulations to you and to your country!
joumana Accad: I am so proud of you!
You are a Lebanese hero!