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.

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Day 51





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Lonnie Dupre – Team Leader
Day 51





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We received our first resupply today!!!

We even gained .75 nautical miles overnight… by drifting (ice on water drifts…), what a treat!

It usually seems that the drift is against you, but every so often it acts as friend, rather than foe.

After the resupply we skied 4.5 nautical miles. Our position today in degrees, minutes and seconds is N84.47.04, W78.25.02.

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Day 22 (PART 1) Briefing in English





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Day 22 (PART 2) Briefing in Arabic





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Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Our Kitchen Stove

Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Playing with our Food! Or what’s left of it… before the resupply.

Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Inside the Tent – Cozy like Sardines

Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Morning Frost on the Inside!


Today is a rest day.

It’s our third week on the ice, we’re sitting in our tent waiting for the Twin Otter to make its way from Resolute to our current location with our First ReSupply.

The arrival of a ReSupply is highly dependent on good weather and snow conditions, so we first find a flat and wide pan, then we buckle up and pray for good weather. If the weather turns bad, we must remain in place in order to conserve what little food and fuel we have left.

Update: The weather did not permit a ReSupply today. We rested well, but must stay put tomorrow in anticipation of better weather and the ReSupply.

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Day 21 Briefing in Arabic followed by English





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Rough Ice

Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
Uphill Struggle


We made 6.9 nautical miles in 7 hours…

We had poor ice conditions and headwinds which brought in low visibility.

When the visibility is low, and when you get white-out conditions, it is amazing how hard your eyes work just to get a “fix” on anything. There is no contrast – everything is white – and it is difficult to gauge the terrain.
In these conditions it’s not hard to lose your balance, and at the end of the day you are exhausted!

If all goes well, and if weather conditions are favorable we will receive our first resupply tomorrow. Though our sleds will get heavy again, there are a few goodies in the resupply that we are looking forward to getting… it’s like Santa Claus dropped a bag from his sled ;)

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Day 19 Briefing in Arabic





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