Richard’s expedition highlights
Richard made his first Arctic expedition in 1985 and his first North Pole journey in 1986. In 2010, he completed his seventh journey to the North Pole, starting from land. He has made more successful treks to the Pole than anyone in history:
- First North Pole trek without resupplies; 1986 Steger international polar expedition;
- First surface crossing of the Arctic Ocean from Russia to Canada;
- 1988 Polar Bridge Expedition;
- First commercial North Pole Trek; 1993 North Pole Dash, last degree;
- First and only journey to the North Pole and back with no outside assistance;
- 1995 Weber-Malakhov Expedition;
- First snowshoe trek to the North Pole; first guided unsupported North Pole trek;
- North Pole classic 2006, unsupported
- 2009 Guinness World speed record to the South Pole
- 2010 Guinness World speed record to the North Pole
In all, Richard has participated in more than 60 Arctic, North and South Pole expeditions.
Richard and Josée started working in the field of Arctic tourism with the world’s first commercial North Pole trek in 1993, and hiking and kayaking trips on Baffin Island. In 2000, they opened Arctic Watch, Canada’s most northerly lodge on Somerset Island in Nunavut. Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is Nunavut’s largest and most unique tourism operation.
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