On April 6, 1909, explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson along with a team of Inuit became the first men to reach the North Pole. Peary and his entourage of 23 men, 133 dogs, and 19 sleds set off from Ellesmere Island on a bitterly cold March 1, 1909. Today, 100 years later, Lonnie Dupre, Maxime Chaya, and Stuart Smith are recreating their historic journey to the Pole in order to encourage and engage governmental policy for the foundation of an International Arctic Treaty, an agreement for the preservation and protection of the marine life in the Arctic Ocean and culture of the 4 million indigenous peoples within the Arctic Circle.
On April 6, 2009, Lonnie, Stuart and Max are skiing 10 hours days, breaking out their drysuits, and rafting their sleds to cross large leads. The technology has changed but their attempt is no less arduous than that of Peary and Henson.
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During an arctic career spanning 20 years, Lonnie Dupre has traveled over 14,000 miles throughout the high arctic and polar reg…
Peary-Henson Commemorative Expedition Team Achieves the North Pole Lonnie Dupre, Maxime Chaya, and Stuart Smith Celebrate at 90 Degrees North They endured -50 degree temperatures, howling winds, blizzards, the "Polar Treadmill" and dunks in icy water 6
On Sunday April 19th Lonnie, Max and Stuart successfully crossed the 89th degree, their final degree before reaching the North Pole.
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