Doug Stoup and Parker Liautaud return to the North Pole this April after having to abandon their 2010 attempt due to horrible ice and wind conditions. Follow their expedition at Ice Axe Kids!
It is their goal to complete the expedition they started last year and reach the North Pole. Parker and Doug will be collecting scientific data, taking snow thickness measurements, which will be used to help with studies conducted by the University of Alberta. The data will be used in long-term studies observing the effect of climate change on the Arctic, and will be compared with measurements taken by other scientists in the spring and summer.
The team will set out by foot from 89N to reach the Geographic North Pole. Follow their daily audio and photo dispatches as they face temperatures of -30 to -40 degrees and traverse broken ice pressure ridges many feet high while pulling all their supplies by sled, hoping not come across open water leads and obstacles. Hear the stories of their adventure, observations about the current state of the Arctic Ocean, and learn about the unique natural environment at the northernmost point of our planet.
Parker Liautaud is a 16-year-old polar adventurer and environmental campaigner. In late 2009, Parker embarked on a new mission to inspire, inform and engage young people in a real dialogue on urgent environmental issues facing the polar regions. In 2010, he decided to kick off his new organization, The Last Degree, by attempting to become the youngest person in history to ski to the North Pole.
Doug Stoup is a polar explorer, environmentalist and educator. Doug has been leading teams to the polar regions for scientific and charitable causes since 2000.