First solar polar crossing

 

The Year 2016 uttered its last words and made way to a new year which we hope will bring us health, happiness and the smaller pleasures that accompany our usual resolutions. Consciously or not, we determine their purpose with the same traditional thoughts, but we rapidly ignore them, even though they remain on the Order Paper!

Like everyone else, I’ve wished for good intentions.  Nothing out of the ordinary, just promises that carry through from the story I started to write on my first attempt at crossing Continue reading

Ice RoadThe good news are slow to come by, but such is the lot of any expedition, hoping to learn the treasures of patience in an effort to reach one’s objective.  The Inuit know this so well as they depend on time and the seasons’ eternal cycle.  Their patience goes beyond any philosophical aspect. It is close to a second nature,  even part of their lifestyle.  Like them, I exercise my patience. If I seem to champ at the bit, my hope, every day is to gather Continue reading

Premiers essais sur l'eauAutumn is here already and the seasons now give the rhythm to the Arctic Solar challenge started last Spring.  However, the project is sometimes moving at too slow a pace for me, but at least we’re moving forward.  The changes made to the prototype as well as the refitting are very encouraging.  “Rome wasn’t built in a day” as the saying goes, so we’re moving ahead,  daring sometimes, and re-inventing if necessary in the hope of greater success.

Uniting the Continue reading

The month of August is winding down and it is now time to get back to work.  Summer was strewn with pleasant meetings in various Festivals and Shows which gave me the opportunity to publicize my latest book “Passagère de l’arctique”.  This got me going and numerous ideas took shape.  Now, I’ll have to sit down and sort them out. 

I’d love to start writing again but it takes up so much time, time that I don’t have at the moment.  Days are short, nights Continue reading

The last writings are rather stale and I can think of the impatience each of you is building up behind his computer, while hoping for a scoop as to what is brewing at the Marée Haute shipyard in Trégunc (Brittany). That’s where the new project is taking shape and will so, for the next three months.

The last time I wrote, I had promised to give you more information but I had to consolidate essential points before I could say that I was returning to the Northwest Passage.  Continue reading

With the arrival of spring, the ideas that we were storing during these long last months, begin to flower again.  All the sudden, the projects keep us hopping after a winter that just never seemed to end.

At the outset, everything is quite blurred. Then a few pictures pop-up in no specific order but, there is this urge to head back on the road (since the base of any project emanates from this incredible urge to return to the wild).  Without really knowing why, our antennas are Continue reading

Tell me why time seems to go so fast? Since I’ve returned from Tuktoyaktuk, last February, I really didn’t have much time to brood and I went back to the crazy rhythm of our mad world without noticing it even.

The book “Arctic Passenger” which I had been working on, since my return last Summer has now been published by Locus Solus, a breton publisher with whom working with was most enjoyable. On March 8th, before the official release, we organized a discussion with numerous fans who were extremely curious Continue reading

What is a native to do in Tuktoyaktuk when born and raised here and unable to think of living somewhere else?  At first, few opportunities arise in this village of 950 people, clinging to the top of the world.  But as strange as it may seem, the Inuvialuit population stayed put, and no exodus took place as it did in some of other areas in the South.  They are bound to their land and can’t think of living anywhere else.

Though they remain semi-nomads and Continue reading

Heavy snow flakes today and a completely frigid wind is sweeping the deserted streets of Tuktoyaktuk.  Visibility is limited to ten meters and the air is gnawing at your skin while burning your eyes.  Staying outside isn’t a good idea. However from what I understand, temperatures are abnormally high, since my arrival.  But, winter is winter and  cedes no quarters whatsoever!

Life slows down considerably  as usual, at this time of the year.  There are just a few hunters who dare saddle there Continue reading

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It is noon, the Sun is just breaking above the horizon, casting a few timid rays on the village of Tuktoyaktuk.  It returned in mid January but only for a few hours.  Barely five and again, it is sunset.  Winter is far from having spoken it’s last word.  The proof: temperature is -37°C today.

However, the unusual mild temperature worry the residents of this small Inuvialuit hamlet ….  Having left behind the cold rain of Brittany, barely a week ago Continue reading