About the Expedition
The year 2017 marks Canada's 150th birthday!!! Starting February 1st 2017, Ray Zahab (CAN) and Stefano Gregoretti (ITA) will embark on an ambitious expedition to three separate regions of the Canadian North. The goal will be to traverse each of these three diverse regions under human power, each requiring a different set of skills and training! The journey will take them close to 1,000km across the frozen north, where temps can drop below -60°C, and the risk of severe weather is always a hurdle. Endurance, logistics and unpredictable weather will make this one of the most challenging expeditions either adventurer has attempted to date.
For the first leg, the team will head to Canada’s newest National Park. Located in northern Labrador and Quebec, the Torngat Mountains are an unforgiving and remote Northern destination. The team will traverse this Arctic range on foot- running and speed trekking, hauling all supplies needed to survive. High winds, extreme temps and blinding snow could be factors in the success of this first stage... and then there is the polar bears!!!
The team will then head to Nunavut and traverse Baffin Island on skis, crossing the Penny Ice Cap! Once again, completely unsupported and self contained and hauling everything from tent to food to satellite communication gear—the team will be truly on their own! It will be Arctic winter, and therefore short days, long nights and extremely cold.
Ray and Stefano will save the most difficult leg of the journey for last. The will head the the Northwest Territories, and use customized fat bikes with studded tires to traverse hundreds of kilometres of the Arctic Ice Road, riding to the Arctic Ocean. Slick ice and once again temps reaching into the -60°C range are quite possible!
During all three stages, Ray and Stefano will share their adventure with schools all over the world who will be following along via live webcast and satellite. Essentially, the expedition will be brought into classrooms, and classrooms onto the expedition, virtually, with the goal of using these human powered modes of winter travel to share the Canadian Arctic with thousands of students around the globe.
Track the expedition daily, as content will be posted routinely on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Links are at the top of the home page.
The Arctic Extreme Expedition is in support of impossible2Possible (i2P), please check us out!!!
impossible2Possible's (i2P) mission is to use the platform of adventure and technology to educate, inspire, and empower the global community to reach beyond their perceived limits and make positive change in the world. i2P adventures are designed to transport students to remote and contrasting locales around the world. To date, ten i2P Youth Expeditions have seen young adventurers trek among glaciers containing millions of litres of water in the Canadian Arctic, run across the desolate sands of the Sahara, through the dense and lush jungle of the Amazon, traversing portions of the Bolivian salt flats into the mountainous Altiplano, venturing through the vast & expansive Thar Desert, explore the Kalahari & Makgadikgadi regions of Botswana, and have dug into the breathtaking geological wonders of Southern Utah! As with all i2P Youth Expeditions, the team will push themselves beyond any perceived physical and mental boundaries they have ever placed upon themselves to discover that they are truly capable of achieving the impossible. All i2P Youth Expeditions are 100% free.
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