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In memoriam pioneers

In memoriam pioneers

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Two young Canadians are attempting to repeat the feat achieved by three Canadian pioneers when they crossed Greenland in 1995.

It was in May 1995 that Bernard Voyer, Thierry Pétry and Benoit Roy successfully completed their crossing of the biggest icecap in the northern hemisphere to create a Canadian first. Now, Sébastien Lapierre and Olivier Giasson are aiming to follow in their footsteps.

Setting out from Isortoq, a small village on the east coast of Greenland, the glacier will take them to an altitude of almost 3 000 metres. Then, after crossing the Arctic Circle, they will tackle an area of dangerous crevasses before returning to terra firma and completing their journey at the village of Kangerlussuaq on the west coast.

This adventure will enable them to gauge their physical and mental stamina, as well as their tolerance of the cold. The extreme weather conditions will also enable them to test their equipment in an environment very similar to the Antarctic.

Some facts and figures about their trip: 650 km on skis, 110 kg of equipment to haul for each of the skiers, an altitude of almost 3 000 metres to climb, approximately 7 000 calories per day, 10 hours of skiing every day, an expedition lasting about 30 days and a budget in the region of 000.

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