Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Quick Lunch Stop midst a Massive Whiteout

A steady wind straight out of the north is blowing. This does two things:

First, it blows in your face all day long making it feel a bit “raw” on the nose and cheeks.

Second, and perhaps worse, it pushes you south as you ski north. Though we clocked 12 nautical miles north today, we probably skied closer to 17 miles.

The “polar treadmill” likely stole 5 miles of our hard earned travel over the course of the day. When we sleep we are also drifting to the south. So what we really want and need is for the wind to stop blowing and the drift to calm down.

Despite the challenges, we remain in good spirits, and are looking forward to reaching 90 degrees.

We crossed 3 leads today, all of them in a state of motion, either closing before our very eyes, or opening and becoming wider.
It is very exciting and awe inspiring to see the ice in motion. What a force!

Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Midnight Sun comes out as we edge closer to the North Pole

Today we made great progress, 14.2 nautical miles, ending the day at N89.11.05, W56.29.16.

We passed our last degree of latitude before the pole…

We are worn out, almost always hungry and still worried about the drift which carries us further south with every passing day… and yet we are in very high spirits. The midnight sun reminds us of how close we are to our goal.

We’ll soon kick back and relax with Mrs. Claus.

Happy Easter!

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Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Strong Winds drift us South

The Good News: Today we covered 13.6 nautical miles in 11 hours.

The Bad News: We drifted 2 miles south overnight, and likely another 2 miles south during the day, so in reality we skied closer to 15 miles (we measure distance traveled by subtracting Point A at end of Day X from Point B at end of Day Y).

<--------- Check out the Progress Map on the left sidebar to see the drift! It’s very obvious on the map.

It can be very frustrating to work hard all day knowing that while you ski north you are constantly drifting to the south. It is one of the great challenges of any North Pole expedition, and it is commonly referred to as the “Polar Treadmill.”

But we’re still moving forward, 10 steps forward for every 2 steps back!

Our current position is N88.57.43, W63.28.10

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Fresh Open Lead!

We are at N88.45.51, W66.15.42.

The wind was out of the WSW at about 20 mph which made the day feel quite raw even though the temperature was only around -8F.

We crossed 1 fresh crack, but otherwise had a mix of rubble and pans.

We will start longer days today for our final push to the pole. We hope to cross 89 degrees tomorrow!

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Drifting East…

Warm weather, strong winds, and continued drift to the east.

We were on the go for 10 hours and we made 12.3 miles north. Our current position is N88.35.04, W69.39.00.

We are getting closer! Though the warmer temperatures (-8F today) may sound nice, we are actually hoping for colder temperatures as it would likely represent a high pressure system, which would reduce the wind and potentially the drift. We’ll keep our finger’s crossed!

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