In 2 days we will set foot on the Arctic Ocean and begin trekking
North. We have just left Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory, Canada,
located on Baffin Island. There we spent two weeks
totally focused on the expedition and free from the day-to-day
distractions of our offices. On Wednesday, February 25th, we flew north to Resolute. From here we will fly to the expedition starting point, Ward Hunt Island, on March 1.
It is thrilling to be moving fully into the execution phase of the
Victorinox North Pole '09 expedition project. Our project has come
a long way since its inception 3 years ago. We feel a strong feeling of
success having brought the expedition to this point and we feel a
strongly that we will be successful in our endeavor to become the first
Americans to ski unsupported to the North Pole.
This project would not been possible without the generous support of
countless individuals and organizations. We never cease to be
pleasantly surprised by in-flow of offers of assistance and inspiring
acts of support. However, we are still in need of a big boost from
individual donors. If you believe in our mission and values please
consider supporting our expedition with a financial donation. All
gifts, great and small, are sincerely appreciated.
The past few weeks we have been flooded with the conflicting emotions
of parting from our loved ones for a few months and enacting
what was only a dream a few years ago. We consider ourselves truly
blessed to have such supportive families. From an early age they have
encouraged and empowered us to passionately follow our dreams and pursue
It is with this same inspiration in mind that we pursue the expedition
project, with the hope that it can similarly inspire school children
and people of all ages to live to their fullest potential. Although skiing unsupported to the North Pole is a physical challenge, it is
our mental interpretation of this challenge that will determine our
success and daily happiness on the ice.
It is this mental story that we hope to tell in our daily expedition blog. This story is now posted on the front page of www.northpole09.com
along with expedition photos and the expedition map. While we are on
the ice, we really enjoy thinking about those positive-minded folks who
are following us at home.
Thank you for being one of those people,
John Huston and Tyler Fish
Victorinox North Pole '09 Expedition Team