Thursday, 13 March 2014

Nanook Expedition all over

Thurday, Mars 12th: Wednesday 11th, I had to call for an emergency rescue. My toes were badly frostbitten, some hard as wood. During that first week, I endured a 3 day blizzard and very windy days as cold as -35. Every day, I was able to make some progression, and thought I was doing well, before Tuesday night. I spent so many years and money for that journey, it's a great disappointment to end up that way. I feel like I let down every one, friends and partners, who helped and supported the expedition. I'm very sorry.

Friday, May 30th: All my toes are well healed. And it's decided that I'll re-attempt a crossing of the Arctic by ski. I'm fascinated by this region and this challenge obsess me. If I give up that dream, I'll regret it all my life. I can't give a date for the next attempt, first I have to get back to work to pay a $14000 debt... And then save enough money to finance the journey.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Day 7

Vincent sent his first GPS coordinates yesterday after one week of travel.

March 9, 2014: 69.25042 latitude, -91.06644 longitude

Monday, 3 March 2014

Day 1

On March 3 2014, Vincent officially began his expedition! We'll keep you posted with his GPS coordinates as we receive them. Join us for updates and news about Vincent's journey and the film about his expedition, Into the Midnight Sun, on Facebook and Twitter.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

The expedition is started!

    After a good week of delay due to the airline, I finally got my stuff! So I'm officially starting the journey tomorrow, Monday 03th March. During the week spent in Kugaaruk, filmmaker Tavi Parusel and I went out hunting and fishing with my Inuit friends, a good way for me to learn about living in the Arctic, and an opportunity for Tavi to add contents to the film about the modern life of the Canadian Inuits.
   Filmmaker Josephine Anderson will update that blog every weeks, giving my latest GPS coordinates that I'll send to her with a SPOT Finder.
   As for me, I should get back in the blog at the end of the journey, in 80 days!


Sunday, 16 February 2014

Breaking news! Nanook Polar Expedition going for the longest unassisted unsupported polar journey

    To experience more intensely what early explorers must have endure, I decided to attempt to complet my journey without any resupplies. My itinerary is therefore slightly changed, avoiding the commuauties of Taloyoak, Resolute and Grise Fjord. I'm in my base camp in Yellowknife for a couple of week now, training to pull an heavy sled, as I'll leave with 80 days of food. It's going well, convincing me that I can do it.
     The current record for the longest unassisted (no sled-dogs, no wind-kite, non motorized) unsupported (no resupplies) polar journey has been established in 2011 on a return trip to the South Pole, at 2275 km. I'm going to try to beat it by about a 100 km.
     The project of filming the Inuits life still holds. I'll film in Kugaaruk, my starting point, and in Qaanaaq, the arrival. And of course, the whole journey. I'm very impatient to explore that part of the Arctic and following the foot steps of explorers like Sverdrup, Franklin, Greely or Ross.

   Training on the Great Slave Lake: because of the weight of the sled, I had to switch from skis to snow-shoes, offering me better grip.