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McNair-Landry kids to kite-ski Northwest Passage; and summer NWP and Arctic sea expeditions

Posted: Mar 18, 2011 08:20 pm EDT

(By Correne Coetzer) Brother and sister, Eric and Sarah McNair-Landry are about to start their 3000 km kite-ski, sledge-hauling expedition through the Northwest Passage.

During the 2011 Arctic summer, Canadian Nicolas Peissel and Swede Edvin Buregren plan to sail the NW Passage from east to west. Two Frenchmen plan to cross the Arctic Ocean via the Geographic North Pole (90°N). A team of three men plans to paddle and drag their kayaks around Ellesmere Island. And a British group plans to row to the 1996 Magnetic North Pole (78° 35'N).

Pittarak Expedition

Brother and sister adventurers, Eric (26) and Sarah (24) McNair-Landry, are about to start a new expedition; this time kite-skiing and sledge-hauling the Northwest Passage. This 3000 km long expedition will retrace a historical route first sailed in 1906 by Roald Amundsen.

Sarah and Eric left home (Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada) yesterday on route to their start point in the far north of Canadas Northwest Territories, Tuktoyaktuk.

From there they will be heading east to the communities of Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak, and Arctic Bay until they reach their destination at Pond Inlet on Baffin Island.

At ages 18 and 20 respectively, Sarah and Eric became the youngest to ski to from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole (with their mother and 2 friends, unassisted, unsupported, and they kited back). Apart from doing Greenland kite-skiing, Gobi Desert buggy-kiting and Mongolia-Russia kayaking together, last year Sarah has guided a ski expedition from Canada to the Geographic North Pole and Eric has set a 24-hour kite-ski distance world record (see links below the images). See more expeditions of the siblings with their parents and friends here.

Sailing the Northwest Passage on a Shoestring

Nicolas Peissel from Canada and Edvin Buregren from Sweden plan to sail on a Hallsberg-Rassy Monsun 31 from MalmĂś, Sweden via Norway, Scotland, Iceland and Greenland to Canada and across the Northwest Passage to the United States, finally arriving in Vancouver, Canada. The boat was built in Sweden by Hallberg-Rassy in 1976.

Nicolas, an avid Adventure Ocean Sailor and Humanitarian worker, sent over the news about their sail to Explorersweb. Read their blog here.

Sebastien Roubinet and Rodolphe Andre

The Frenchmen plans to cross the Arctic Ocean from Alaska via the Geographic North Pole (90°N) to Spitsbergen; an approx. 3000 km (1750 nautical mile) voyage on a hybrid catamaran.

Ellesmere kayak circumnavigation

Jon Turk, Tyler Bradt and photographer and kayaker, Eric Boomer will attempt a complete circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island. According to them it will be the first complete circumnavigation of Ellesmere.

[News about the expedition was sent over to ExplorersWeb by Trudy Wohlleben, Senior Ice Forecaster, Canadian Ice Service.]

According to Jon Turks website, the expedition will travel over 1,400 miles across moving sea ice, glaciers and rocky coastline using sea kayaks, skis, sails and sleds/kayaks to complete the journey after about 100 days by mid August.

They plan to depart May 1. Jon Turk explains that they will set off on skis from Grise Fjord, on the south coast of Ellesmere, using kites or sails when possible to drag the kayaks. They will travel in a clockwise direction moving, first, on solid ice on their journey west and then north around the island.

Arriving at the north coast in mid June we will be faced with the crux of the expedition. Unimpeded by any landmasses, the full force of the Arctic icepack collides relentlessly against the island. We will encounter jagged pressure ridges, and fractured, grinding ice.”

In early July, we will round the northeast corner of the island into the Nares Straight between Ellesmere Island and Greenland. Pinched between these two giant land masses, the Arctic icepack squeezes together and jams into the straight. Huge icebergs from calving Greenland glaciers, accelerated by global warming, will add to the complexity, excitement, and stunning beauty of this place.

We will complete the expedition by sea kayaking the remaining five hundred miles back to Grise Fijord, completing the first circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island.

See video: 25-year old Tyler Bradt talking about highest waterfall (198 feet) successfully run in a kayak.

Row to the 1996 Magnetic North Pole

This row expedition to the Magnetic North Pole (as certified in 1996) will set off from Resolute Bay, Canada (74°41′N 094°52′W) in July/August 2011. According to their website they plan to row for 450 miles, before finally reaching the Magnetic North Pole at 78° 35'42.00"N, 104° 11'54.00"W.

Crew all UK: Jock Wishart (leader), Mark Delstanche, Rob Sleep, and Billy Gammon.


Eric and Sarah McNair-Landry (Pittarak Expedition) Canada, kite-ski

Nicolas Peissel and Edvin Buregren, Canada and Sweden, NWP Hallsberg-Rassy Monsun 31
Sebastien Roubinet and Rodolphe Andre France, NWP hybrid catamaran
Jon Turk, Tyler Bradt and Erik Boomer Ellesmere kayak circumnavigation
Jock Wishart (leader), Mark Delstanche, Rob Sleep, Billy Gammon UK, row 1996 Magnetic North Pole

Canada Weather Office satellite image
Canadian Ice Service

CONTACT 5 expedition technology
CONTACT Augmented route map
HumanEdgeTech expedition technology

#Polar #Oceans

Sarah McNair-Landry tests new clothes at home; to be used during her and Erics Northwest Passage 3000 km kite-ski expedition starting in the next few days.
Image by Eric Boomer courtesy Pittarak Northwest Passage Expedition, SOURCE
Eric McNair-Landry preparing food.
Image by Sarah McNair-Landry courtesy Pittarak Northwest Passage Expedition, SOURCE
Eric and Sarahs Northwest Passage kite-ski route from Tuktoyaktuk (west) to Pond (east) Inlet. CONTACT Augmented map.
courtesy Pittarak Northwest Passage Expedition (over Contact 5), SOURCE
Nicolas Peissel about the older generation Hallberg-Rassy: Our hull is extremely thick and strong but still we are planning further precautions.
courtesy Nicolas Peissel and Edvin Buregren, SOURCE
Nicolas Peissel from Canada and Edvin Buregren from Sweden plan to sail on a Hallsberg-Rassy Monsun 31 from Sweden across the Northwest Passage to Vancouver, Canada
courtesy Nicolas Peissel and Edvin Buregren, SOURCE
Jon Turk, Tyler Bradt and Erik Boomer will attempt to circumnavigate of Ellesmere Island on foot and sea kayaks.
courtesy Jon Turk, SOURCE
Sebastien Roubinet and Rodolphe Andre from France plan to cross the Arctic Ocean from Alaska via the Geographic North Pole to Spitsbergen on a hybrid catamaran.
courtesy Sebastien Roubinet, SOURCE
Jock Wishart (leader), Mark Delstanche, Rob Sleep, and Billy Gammon plan to row from Resolute Bay to 1996 position of the Magnetic North Pole.