Maxime Chaya North Pole
Stuart Smith

Maxime Chaya North Pole
Lonnie Dupre



Today we made 5.9 nautical miles in 7 hours of travel. The ice conditions were better than yesterday, with roughly 1/3 of the day in rough ice, and the rest meandering in a zig zag fashion trying to avoid the worst of the very prominent snow drifts that exist in the lee of every piece of ice.

In general during the expedition the wind has been blowing mostly east to west, sometimes west to east at approximately 5-15 mph. This means that the snow drifts are all east-west. Heading north we have to cross them all the time. This makes for a LOT of work!

The wind brings some other challenges, like protecting your face from frostbite. We are all watching out for each other in this regard, letting each other know if there is a patch of skin that is exposed. But the wind can also bring some beautiful sights, like today when the blowing snow particles in air scattered the sun’s rays making a multitude of sun dogs appear behind us towards Ellesmere. “It was beautiful” is an understatement.

Our position in degrees, minutes and seconds is N83.43.28, W77.40.18

Day 6 - Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Stuart Pulling his Sled

Day 6 - Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Max and Stuart traversing Rough Terrain

Day 6 - Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Max and Stuart forging through

Day 6 - Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Setting Up Camp

Day 6 - Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Lonnie Cooking!



Maxime Chaya via Iridium
Day 6 Briefing in Arabic





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Lonnie Dupre (Team Leader) via Iridium
Day 6 Briefing in English





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We had a good day today, with balmy -34 F (-36 C) temperatures. That’s a heat wave compared with the last few days! Our equipment has come back to life… and I managed to snap 5 pictuers! I’ll try my best to post them online ASAP!

We were on the go for 6 hours and made 4 nautical miles (7.5 kilometers) over moderately difficulty ice.

Our current position in degrees, minutes and seconds is N83.12.52 W77.36.33

We’re tired after a long day but in good spirits and happy to be on the move with renewed momentum!

Maxime Chaya, Christian Francis, & Dany Mhanna

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