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




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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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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.

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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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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.

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Day 35 – French





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Day 35 – Arabic





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Maxime Chaya - North Pole Expedition
De-Icing / Drying my Sleeping Bag

Today was a beautiful day.
The sun is rising higher in the sky, and for the first time some of the icy gear is able to dry out just a little bit.

We also detected perhaps a little warmth from the sun, which hopefully will only get more intense (clouds stay away!).

We traveled for 9.5 hours today and made 11.2 nautical miles. The temperature was -20F and winds were calm.

We are planning to take half a rest day tomorrow to sleep in and have a little R&R before continuing the push on to the pole.

In just 3 days we will celebrate the 100 year anniversary of when Peary, Henson and their team reached the North Pole. Everyone is excited to be a part of this historic moment…and where better to be than en route to the North Pole!

Our position in degrees, minutes and seconds is N86.14.07, W78.32.51.

Stuart Smith (Team Member)
Day 31 Briefing in English





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We had a great day making 11.2 nm in 9 hours.

Sunny, little wind and good ice (flat, unbroken pans).

Temp -28 F.

Stuart Smith (Team Member)
Day 29 Trivia in English (PART 1)





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Today we had perfect weather… bright, sunny, calm and -26F.

We traveled for 9 hours and made 10.2 nautical miles.

So what does someone think about all day as they ski to the North Pole?

Stuart spends the first 1/3 of the day thinking about how long the last 2/3 of the day will take. He also thinks about what’s going on at home and what he’s missing. He spends a lot of time being appreciative of his family.

Max, who has just completed his first book, thinks about his second book – more of a memoir than a picture-book – in between prayer and thoughts of loved ones back home.

Lonnie thinks about Bob Dylan. Why Bob Dylan? He’s got several Dylan playlists on his iPod and he thinks about the different ways that the lyrics can be heard.

Otherwise, all is well and although we are all eating well we are still losing weight and we will be a scrawny bunch when we reach the pole.

Our position today in degrees, minutes and seconds is N85.32.40, W78.53.57