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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Maxime Chaya via Iridium
Day 53 – Part 1





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Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Thin Ice keeps us on our toes

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Day 52





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Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Midnight Sun Dogs

The wind has died down, the race is ON!

We’re a lean mean skiing machine, well-greased and as efficient as we’ll ever be. The only thing we can’t control is the weather and the drift, both of which have been calmed down by your persistent prayers… thank you.

With some fantastic Strategizing and Coordination, we were able to cross paths with Rick Sweitzer and his teams, who were carrying our missing food: the second resupply only delivered 10 of the 15 days of food we were expecting, so Rick carried the remaining 5. Thank you Rick!!!

We are now packed and loaded, and nothing, I repeat nothing, will stand between us and the North Pole.

Maxime Chaya via Iridium
Day 51





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Lonnie Dupre – Team Leader
Day 51





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Things are looking bleak…

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Day 50





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The Team – tent-bound

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Yet another day of strong winds out of the North at 20-30 MPH, so we’re staying put until the wind dies.

A little rest for a tired bunch, but also the loss of one day’s travel which we will have to make up with extra effort in the next couple of days.

Maxime Chaya via Iridium
Day 49 – Part 1





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Day 49 – Part 2





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Stuart Smith – Team Member
Day 49





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