Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
The Lebanese Flag flies high at the North Pole
One Small Step for Maxime, One Large Step for Lebanon

Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
The Lebanese Flag at the North Pole (Image #2)

Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Bank Audi Flag at the North Pole – Grow Beyond Your Potential

Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
The flag from the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Robert Peary and Matthew Henson carried a similar flag from the Academy 100 years ago.

Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
GPS showing the coordinates of the North Pole (90 Degrees North!)
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Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
the last mile

Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
the last swim




Today, Saturday April 25 2009, at 18:22 Beirut Time we reached the North Pole. SUCCESS!!!

We are very, very excited, relieved, satisfied and ready to rest. I can’t wait to sit in a chair and get dressed standing up. Stuart sounds great, and Lonnie is very pleased.

Wow! What an accomplishment… what a feeling of satisfaction… what an amazing journey. Over the last 53 days we have endured so many challenges:

-60 degree temperatures, howling winds, rough terrain, icy water and worst of all, southerly drift.

We figure that all-in-all we skied close to 1200 kilometers (650 nautical miles) from start to finish.

Though we ate more than 8,000 calories a day, we lost an average of half a kilogram (1.25 pounds) per person every 2 days. A the end, even our shadows looked skinny!

We will gather with PolarExplorers’ other North Pole expeditions for a delicious celebratory feast in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen tomorrow (Sunday night).

Our current and last position: 90 Degrees North – the Top of the World




Maxime Chaya via Iridium
Day 53 – Success at the North Pole



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Stuart Smith – Team Member
Day 53 – Success at the North Pole



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Lonnie Dupre – Team Leader
Day 53 – Success at the North Pole



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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!

Maxime Chaya via Iridium
Day 47





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Day 47





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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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Day 44





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Day 44





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Maxime pulling his sled through an overwhelming ridge

Today we had a good day of travel… We passed the 88th Degree!!! Just 2 more to go!
This is a huge achievement, we feel like we are in the home stretch.

While skiing today Lonnie noticed that even his shadow looks skinny. Despite eating 8,000 calories a day (nearly 2.4 lbs of dry food) all three of us are losing weight. It’s clear that food occupies much of our thoughts!

Our position today in degrees, minutes, and seconds is N88.02.19, W76.23.15.

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Day 41





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ReSupply Plan Landing

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ReSupply in Progress

We are enjoying our first full rest day in 16 days, and we’ve earned it, traveling nearly 80 nautical miles in the last 6 days!

We are dreaming about the big meals that many people eat on Easter Sunday and looking forward to the not-so-distant future when we will be eating big meals too!

We are having a good time on the ice, and we are enjoying our surroundings and soaking in the spectacular weather and changing ice conditions as much as possible.

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Day 39 – Part 1





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Lonnie Dupre – Team Leader
Day 39





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Max Skiing

We just crossed the 87th degree.

We are excited, proud and feeling good about our progress.

We passed some enormous pressure ridges of ice likely caused by an underwater ridge that lies beneath us.

Lonnie reports that it is like a giant earthquake left the ice in a messy jumble of ice-chunks and pressure ridges. Witnessing such a pressure ridge being formed is awe inspiring. The amount of force in the slow moving ice can overturn slabs of ice as big as a large truck with ease. It’s an incredible display of the force of nature.

Our position in degrees, minutes and seconds is N87.11.12, W78.41.26.

We covered 13.3 nautical miles today!

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Day 36





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Day 36





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