Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Crossing a Massive Recently Frozen Lead (thin ice)

Yet another beautiful day.

We have experienced tremendous weather on this expedition and we are thankful every day for the rising sun, calming winds and warming temperatures.

We are experimenting drying out different pieces of gear which are icy with condensation.
Stuart is presently skiing with his parka stretched over his sled and if it dries sufficiently we will try this with our sleeping bags.

Today we encountered a few more leads, but nothing as big as the other day. On one lead both Stuart and Lonnie stepped through some unconsolidated ice getting one foot wet, but they quickly recovered.

We traveled 12.2 miles in 10 hours.
Our current position in degrees, minutes and seconds is N86.57.54, W78.51.36.

Maxime Chaya via Iridium
Day 35 – French





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Maxime Chaya via Iridium
Day 35 – Arabic





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Today we started with decent conditions (-39 F and clear) but by midday the clouds had rolled in and the temperature increased to a balmy -20F. With the warm temperatures came very low visibility followed by virtually white-out conditions.

Several times today we encountered big leads trending in a NW or NNW direction. The leads were solid enough to ski on, so we enjoyed traveling on the relatively flat, smooth surfaces.

We had to do some minor ski repair in the tent tonight, but all is well. Now we’re ready for some R & R.

We were on the go for 7 hours and we traveled 6.4 nautical miles.

Our current position in degrees, minutes, seconds, is N84.03.30, W78.08.05.

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Day 15 Briefing in Arabic





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Day 13 Briefing in Arabic





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Day 13 Briefing in Arabic





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We made good progress today covering 6.4 nautical miles in 7 hours & 15 minutes. We were lucky to find a frozen lead trending North by Northwest, which we were able to follow for almost 2 miles. Finding a lead to travel on is akin to getting out of bumper-to-bumper traffic and getting on a super highway, with no obstacles to block your progress. A lead running due north is rare, but if it is trending in the right direction it is often a blessing!

We also encountered some more polar bear tracks, which always adds some excitement.

Stuart answers the question: “How do they go to the bathroom?”

Everything is organized in the tent, and then they run outside every morning, do their business, and then run back to the tent thinking “I’m glad that’s over!”
All three of us have our routines down to less than 3 minutes – including the dash to and from the tent!

The expedition is as hard if not harder than I anticipated, but I am thankful for our progress and good spirits so far.

Our current location in degrees, minutes and seconds is N83.49.52 W77.53.16