On May 4, 2011, the Young Explorers along with the rest of Mike Horn's team landed at their point of departure for their journey to the North Pole. For the first few days the weather was mild, which allowed everyone to gradually get used to this new environment they would be immersed in for more than 15 days.

On average, the crew traveled 15 to 20 kilometers each day. They walked and dragged their sleds between huge frozen blocks to make their way across a vast sea of ice. Adding to the wonder of this adventure were the polar bears and seals the team spotted in the distance.

The main challenge for these young people was to navigate this gigantic arctic desert and maintain their course. They all had the feeling of being one with nature.


Clear signs of global warming

The unseasonably warm temperatures for the season allowed the young explorers to understand, in real time, global warming and its impact on the environment. The melting of the ice was easily visible and everyone better understood the phenomenon of climate change and its consequences. The thickness of the ice, which normally should have been five meters, was only 30 centimeters in some places!


Back to Resolute Bay for part of the team

Suffering from overexposure to the sun, one of the team members developed snow blindness and had to return to Resolute Bay for treatment (and a strong recovery). In an selfless act of solidarity, another team member abandoned his goal of reaching the North Pole to accompany him and provide support. This turned out to be an opportunity for the two to establish close ties with the Inuits who live in the village and to learn more about the natives, their traditions and their way of life. They learned how to build igloos, about Inuit hunting methods and they took lessons in the Inuit language. It was truly a time of sharing.

During this time, the other part of the group continued their progress towards the pole while continuing to learn and discover more about this amazing place! The two groups reunited on May 18 at the end of the expedition. Everyone prepared to return to their families and relate their extraordinary experiences away from home.

The next expedition will be to Canada in August.  


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For more information

Pangaea Expeditions
- Background on the Pangaea North Pole Expedition
- Petzl's partnership with Mike Horn