Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
What an Obstacle Course!

Today we experienced warm temperatures of -8F, but not without a stiff wind of 20 MPH out of the west, heading due east.

Just when we thought we were getting out of the rubble and on to better ice we are confronted with more rubble, which is what happened today. Though we logged 10.7 nautical miles north, we skied closer to 14 nautical miles when you account for the zig-zagging and drift.

We are doing well and our spirits are high.

Our current location in degrees, minutes and seconds is N88.11.33, W74.20.46.

Maxime Chaya via Iridium
Day 42 – French





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Maxime Chaya via Iridium
Day 42 – English





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Day 42 – Arabic





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Maxime Chaya North Pole

Maxime Chaya North Pole



Maxime Chaya via Iridium
Day 10 Briefing in English





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Our progress today was hampered by wind and a series of appalling pressure ridges.

We awoke to strong winds and decided to hang in the tent until late in the morning in the hopes that the winds would abate, but no such luck. Combined with the -28F temperatures, the wind made our day very uncomfortable.

At these temperatures, breaks – if you can call them that – are nothing more than 30 seconds to eat something. We usually eat on the go.
The real trick is going to the bathroom….

We have encountered several leads, all of them solidly frozen. The pressure ridges have been mostly comprised of symmetrical blocks, which make hauling the sleds up and over extremely difficult.

Though we were on skis yesterday when we had better conditions, today we were on snowshoes.

Our position in degrees, minutes and seconds is N83.32.31, W77.31.45