Today we had perfect weather… bright, sunny, calm and -26F.

We traveled for 9 hours and made 10.2 nautical miles.

So what does someone think about all day as they ski to the North Pole?

Stuart spends the first 1/3 of the day thinking about how long the last 2/3 of the day will take. He also thinks about what’s going on at home and what he’s missing. He spends a lot of time being appreciative of his family.

Max, who has just completed his first book, thinks about his second book – more of a memoir than a picture-book – in between prayer and thoughts of loved ones back home.

Lonnie thinks about Bob Dylan. Why Bob Dylan? He’s got several Dylan playlists on his iPod and he thinks about the different ways that the lyrics can be heard.

Otherwise, all is well and although we are all eating well we are still losing weight and we will be a scrawny bunch when we reach the pole.

Our position today in degrees, minutes and seconds is N85.32.40, W78.53.57

We had horrendous ice conditions that left us feeling we had only made 5nm, but at the end of the day, we counted our chicken and realized we’d covered nearly 8nm! It was a piece of cake… in retrospect haha

Today marks 1/2 way through our expedition time-wise, but we still have many more miles to go. We are hoping for conditions to improve as we log longer days.

Lonnie gives a great description of what it’s like to wake up in the morning in a tent filled with frost – so don’t forget to listen to his podcast!

Our current position in degrees, minutes and seconds is N85.22.27, W78.39.32
The temperature today was -27F.

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Day 26 Briefing in English





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Lonnie Dupre (Team Leader)
Day 26 Briefing in English





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Maxime Chaya North Pole
Max makes his way to the top of the Rubble for a better view of what’s to come

We are happy but tired after 9 hours of travel during which we logged 9.7 nautical miles.

We encountered big pans of ice followed by short bouts with zones of intense rubble, which take a lot of time and energy to overcome.

When on large pans we often listen to music to break the monotony.

The temperature this morning was a chilly -34 F and it warmed a little during the day, but not too much.

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Day 25 Briefing in Arabic





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We had two significant achievements today. First, we crossed the 85th parallel, and second, we made our first 10 nautical mile day.

We are very pleased with this mileage and we hope only to increase it as our sleds get lighter, and as conditions improve enough that we can switch back to skis (they were on snowshoes all day today).

The weather was sunny, with no wind and -30 F temps. We are all in great spirits.

We are around N85.04.58, W78.24.23.

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Day 24 Briefing in Arabic





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Stuart Smith (Team Member)
Day 24 Briefing in English





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We traveled 8.1 nautical miles today.

This is our first full day after the resupply and we are getting used to the heavier sleds again… but we are comforted by the thought that the sleds will only get lighter.

We had sporadic ice obstacles today… good pans, followed by a mess of medium-sized pressure ridges that slowed our progress for some time. The sun was bright, the winds were calm, and the temperature was a pleasant -30 F.

We are looking forward to making our days longer and logging in some extra miles. Our current position in degrees, minutes and seconds is N84.54.58, W78.24.23.

Lonnie Dupre (Team Leader)
Day 23 Briefing in English





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We received our first resupply today!!!

We even gained .75 nautical miles overnight… by drifting (ice on water drifts…), what a treat!

It usually seems that the drift is against you, but every so often it acts as friend, rather than foe.

After the resupply we skied 4.5 nautical miles. Our position today in degrees, minutes and seconds is N84.47.04, W78.25.02.

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Day 22 (PART 1) Briefing in English





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Day 22 (PART 2) Briefing in Arabic





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