Quest Through The Pole

Quest Through The Pole

A mission to cross the Arctic Ocean via the North Pole together with French adventurers Sébastien Roubinet and Eric André .
3000 kilometers on a catamaran mounted on skies from Alaska to Svalbard.

Travel Diary

Day 33

71 degrees North guys!!23,6 nautical miles today. It starts pulling and pushing. It ends sailing and drinking tea. We cover 8nm on the ice in the morning and the afternoon. In ...
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Day 32

Terrain improves, indeed. We wake up nearly 10nm away from when we stopped last night. The drift is pushing us towards the SE. However, we still do 9,5 nm. We are progressing ...
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Day 31

Cheddar mon amour. We are happy! The terrain is improving... and the wind is from the side blowing 20 knots pushing « Babouch-Ty » towards the North-East. By the end of the day, ...
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Day 30

The show goes on, day 30. Once upon a time, 3 donkeys were pulling and pushing, sometimes forward sometimes reverse, a sail-ski boat on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean ...
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Day 29

Who’s got my book? There is about 4 square meters in the cabin where we sleep. At the highest, it is 80 cm, not even 3 feet. It means that ...
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Day 28

Terrain improves. It’s another atmosphere this morning. The calm sunshine has left. It’s grey and a bit windy. The Ocean is still beautiful though, showing its power. We leave our small patch ...
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Day 27

French Soccer! Since the beginning of the expedition, I enjoy being in touch with my friends. Lately, I talked with Sylvain “LK”, one of my best buddy back home, about ...
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Day 26

Water? Not yet.The ice conditions in the North are improving. There is a change on the last sat photo showing some opening cracks. The open is still far away from ...
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Day 25

Summer vacation. Is it worth spending energy and eating a whole food ration if we can barely progress? Today we are off. The ice around us is still too soft to push ...
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Day 24

Walking on eggs gets you wet. The map received this morning still indicates a high concentration of ice surroundings us. Lots of ice has been pushed with the wind and the ...
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Day 23

Inventory, shower and summer vacation. Seb and Eric go in the front scouting the route. I leave the boat and quickly get back to her to take the bear spray ...
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Day 22

Giving our best.Beautiful morning, blue bird. It feels summer holidays here. How is your summer so far? The work out through the bumps continues today on day 22. It’s warm! We ...
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Day 21

Slowly but North. 1nm. What a Monday morning looks up here? Seb receives an ice chart showing the density of the ice. It takes our mood down as we clearly see ...
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Day 20

Day 20! It’s another short day for us, here from the sea ice of the Beaufort Sea. We make some progress but the ice is still tough! So we decide to ...
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Day 19

The right dose of exercice. In the back of the boat this morning, we drink « un café en terrasse » while the sun warms the atmosphere. No rush today as we are ...
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Day 18

4nm today minus 2,3nm drifting = 1,7nm in the North. The fog is here in the morning and we sleep a little longer. In these conditions, we have the impression to ...
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Day 17

A short day.Imagine going to sleep in one place and waking up on another. It’s pretty much what happened last night. Our patch of ice is still here but the ...
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Day 16

Give it a try, you will know...This morning the weather is grey, the visibility is poor and the wind blows 15-20 knots. The boat is moored on an ice patch ...
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Day 15

The boat is where it belongs. Clic, clic, clic, clic... The light rain continues to drop until we wake up. The mist surrounds us but the sun isn’t far. It’s time ...
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Day 14

1,2nm. And 100 meters on the water like a proper boat ;-).It’s calm here on the Arctic Ocean. The sun is up shining its magical morning light. It’s no country for ...
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Day 13

1 nautical mile, 9 hours. The time of flat and smooth ice is over. We encounter small bumps in the morning. When we were in the flat, I looked at the ...
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Day 12

Straight towards broken ice. Morning. It’s time to leave Narwhal island and head North. At the begin, we follow a crack in the ice. Eric fells in the water, I fell ...
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Day 11

AirDrop! Instead of progressing on the ice, we are still in the bag. It’s 10am. Would you like a cup of Tea? The weather outside is still grey, foggy and ...
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Day 10

3 eggs make our day. Yesterday during dinner, we sat in the cockpit of the boat. I received a message from Mike « We come tonight ». It was 8.38 pm. Happy, I ...
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Day 9

Stand by at Narwhal island, still.We are nearly hibernating spending long hours in our sleeping bags. Books, musics, sleeping, cleaning the inside, adjusting the outside, walking on the island and ...
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Day 8

Stand by in the fog, Narwhal island.We spend the day mainly in the boat. The wind increases and the boat becomes suddenly noisy. The visibility is poor.After this morning breakfast, ...
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Day 7

Let’s wait for a change. We still think of yesterday’s pressure ridge. All these blocks compressed going in all directions. Looked like these guys had too much drinks last winter! Above ...
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Day 6

Impressions from the first pressure ridges.We leave Narwhal island on a pretty smooth ice. The sky is clear, the day is warm and the wind pretty low. It promises to ...
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Day 5

Last piece of land, an island called Narwhal.We covered 6 nm. Our legs and arms work out hard as we progress through a beautiful day. Warm though. The very low ...
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Day 4

Through the fog. 15nm, half on open water and half on the ice. And 6nm in the right direction, towards the Pole. For the ones following the journey, we are ...
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Day 3

Mud is over. The ice has come. We spend the day looking for a way out of the delta of the “Sag river”. The fog is here and there. The ...
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Day 2

It’s difficult to control in situation you can’t control. We descended the « Sag » river for about 28 nautical miles. We sailed and paddled. Two in the front and one in ...
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Day 1

Last Saturday, Léa and I left each other at Paris airport, CDG. We had been working the whole week on a commercial shoot for Mercedes. The week was intense and ...
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