Two men. 2,000 kilometers. An expedition to explore the ancestral
values and way of life of the First Nations peoples of Northern Canada.
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SUMMARY

Two passionate young adventurers, Matt, 28, and Hendrik, 25, embark upon a 2,000km odyssey, by foot, in the heart of the harsh Canadian winter, from Southern Yukon to high above the Arctic Circle.

This journey takes the two through some of the world’s most pristine places of natural beauty to live with communities of First Nations peoples, learn about their ancestral values, and how their way of life can be used to educate the youth of today.

IN NUMBERS

IN NUMBERS

The numbers speak for themselves...

5

COMMUNITIES

-45

TEMPERATURES

90

DAYS WALKING

2000

KILOMETRES

THE TEAM

We have a strong and complementary skillset, forged from experience, making us a dynamic and effective force, galvanised by a burning passion and backed by a determination which does not recognise failure.

Hendrik Kersten

Hendrik Kersten

PLANNING AND LOGISTICS View Details
Matt Lazenbury

Matt Lazenbury

MEDIA AND MARKETING View Details
Hendrik Kersten

Hendrik Kersten

PLANNING AND LOGISTICS
AGE: 25
NATIONALITY: French
EDUCATION: International Business, Lancaster University, UK
WORK: Marketing Project Manager, Microvention

PROJECT ROLE

Hendrik is no stranger to the Yukon Territory, having led a 34 day expedition there in 2012 and spending three months in a musher’s camp. This experience greatly strengthed his expedition planning and organisational skills, which will be put to the test in leading the practical element of this expedition.

CORE COMPETENCIES

His ability to ground his dreams and turn them into successful projects is what makes him an invaluable addition to this duo.

EXPERIENCE

  • Leader of Klondike Gold Express Expedition: A 550km trek over 34 days, navigating the Old Dawson Trail.
  • Three months in a musher’s camp, training a young team of dogs for the next 1,600km Yukon Quest race.
Matt Lazenbury

Matt Lazenbury

MEDIA AND MARKETING
AGE: 28
NATIONALITY: British
EDUCATION: Entrepreneurship & Management, Lancaster University, UK
WORK: Digital Marketing Strategist, Overthrow Digital

PROJECT ROLE

With 8 years web design and 3 years digital marketing experience in a London based agency, Matt is the ideal candidate to create and execute the post-expedition marketing plan.

CORE COMPETENCIES

The skills and expertise which will be most valuable to this expedition are Matt’s specialism in social media and content marketing strategy.

EXPERIENCE

  • A 4,000km hitch-hike from England to Istanbul, through 10 countries.
  • Ski touring and survival skills expedition in the French Alps.
  • Two competitive yacht sailing expeditions with the British Army around the waters of Germany and the Danish Fjords.

WHO’S TALKING ABOUT US?

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ITINERARY

  1. DEPART WHITEHORSE
  2. Follow the trail of the Yukon Quest until Mayo
    ETA: 4 February

  3. MAYO (500KM)
  4. Meet the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun
    ETA: 26 February

  5. DAWSON CITY (700KM)
  6. Meet the Tr'ondëk Hwech’in. Traverse the Tombstone Territorial Park and the Peel Watershed.
    ETA: 6 March

  7. OLD CROW (1,400KM)
  8. Meet the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation
    ETA: 7 April

  9. FORT MCPHERSON (1,700KM)
  10. Meet the First Nations of Tetlit Gwich'in
    ETA: 22 April

  11. ARRIVE IN INUVIK (2,000KM)
  12. Meet the Gwich'in
    ETA: 2 May

“These are two of the UK’s most adventurous entrepreneurs” – London Evening Standard

THE MISSION

EXPEDITION OBJECTIVES

To embark upon a man-powered odyssey of 2,000km through Northern Canada and the Arctic Circle with a double objective:

  • Draw up an inventory of socio-cultural customs and traditions of First Nations
  • Communicate their values and experiences, once back in Europe, in the form of a book and documentary, while offering a ‘best of’ the most relevant learnings which can help us live in closer accord with nature and each other in the West.

DOUBLE CHALLENGE

  • Change our relationship with nature:
    It’s crucial for the preservation of the human species and wildlife to explore all avenues that could slow global warming. New technologies ‘disconnect’ us from our traditional values ​​and respect for nature possessed by our forebearers.

    What can we learn from their way of life?

  • Map the community model:
    The community model in today’s Western society often revolves heavily around the individuals, at the expense of the family unit. A strong family unit reduces the sense of isolation, and, in turn, loneliness, a scourge of our Western society.

    What can we learn from their system?

OUR CONTRIBUTION

To educate ourselves through immersion within communities of First Nations and share the expedition’s findings through various media projects and live events.

Document this expedition through various media projects.

PARTNERS

Expedition Polaris would not be possible without the help of our sponsors and partners. Click on 'View Details' to learn more.

Track24

Track24

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CARINTHIA

CARINTHIA

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Altai Skis

Altai Skis

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Rab

Rab

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FJELLPULKEN

FJELLPULKEN

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STEGER MUKLUKS

STEGER MUKLUKS

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PowerPractical

PowerPractical

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Aventure Nordique

Aventure Nordique

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Air North

Air North

Partner View Details
Track24

Track24

Technology Sponsor

Track24 is a leading global provider of GPS tracking solutions for military and government organisations. We’ll be using their Whisper device which is the latest handheld GPS system of its kind, offering us the ability to be tracked, transmit emergency alerts and even utilise its text messaging capability to keep in touch with the outside world.

THE EQUIPMENT

  • Whisper
CARINTHIA

CARINTHIA

SPONSOR OFFICIEL

Carinthia is a Austrian brand specialising in the manufacture of expedition garments and equipment for extreme cold weather conditions. Using advanced and patented technologies and 100% European manufacturing instills within us complete confidence in this equipment will be perfectly suited to our expedition.

THE EQUIPMENT

  • ‘ECC Expedition 1200′ Sleeping Bag
  • ECIG Jacket
  • ECIG Trousers
  • HIG 2.0 Trousers
  • G-Loft Ultra Trousers
  • Windstopper Boots
Altai Skis

Altai Skis

Sponsor

Used for hundreds of years by skiers of the Altai Mountains in the northen Asia, these skis are blend perfectly the functionality of skis and snowshoes. They are handmade and offer everything off-piste skiers need to move through the dense forests, climb and descend mountains and cross frozen lakes. Short and wide, these skis afford exceptional manoeuvrability.

THE EQUIPMENT

  • HOK Skis
  • Universal Bindings
Rab

Rab

Sponsor

Rab is a British company founded in 1981 by Rab Carrington with an ethos to produce equipment and clothing for the most extreme conditions in the world. Few can rival the quality of Rab’s products and we have absolute confidence that they will protect us on our expedition.

THE EQUIPMENT

  • Baseline hoodies
  • Sawtooth jacket
  • MeCo 120 Pants
  • Powerdry Gloves
  • Power Stretch Pro Gloves
  • Expedition mitts
  • Shadow balaclava
FJELLPULKEN

FJELLPULKEN

SPONSOR

Fjellpulken is a Norwegian family run enterprise specialising in the manufacturing of pulkas, sophisticated and robust sleds, used to transport the equipment needed for expeditions.

THE EQUIPMENT

  • Fjellpulken X-Country 144 Pulka Sled
  • Expedition Harness
  • Standard Pulk Drag
STEGER MUKLUKS

STEGER MUKLUKS

Sponsor

Steger Mukluks are the go-to winter boots of choice for many cold weather explorers. Made from soft moose and caribou hide by the Inuit, they are extremely lightweight and their soles ensure there is no humidity in the thick boot liners.

THE EQUIPMENT

  • Arctic Mukluks (with Ribbons)
  • Camuks Xtreme (with Ribbons)
PowerPractical

PowerPractical

Sponsor

The PowerPot is the most efficient and high-powered device of its type available on the market. Using thermoelectrics which converts to a 5W output, we can use this to charge our numerous devices batteries while we simply go about our daily routine of cooking and boiling water.

THE EQUIPMENT

  • Powerpot 5 – 5W Portable Generator
Aventure Nordique

Aventure Nordique

Sponsor

Aventure Nordique is a French online retailer specialising in the sale of expedition, hiking and outdoor sports equipment. The expertise of Regis, the company’s founder, has and continues to be extremely helpful in making sure we have the right equipment and are able to optimise its use. They are based in Grenoble.

THE EQUIPMENT

  • Exped Downmat UL 9
Air North

Air North

Partner

Air North are the most widely used commercial air service in the Yukon. The team at Air North helped us return safely and comfortably from Old Crow back to Whitehorse.

EQUIPMENT

EN CHEMIN

Expedition Clothing:

  • ECIG Jacket
  • ECIG Trousers
  • HIG 2.0 Trousers
  • G-Loft Ultra Jacket
  • Windstopper Boots

Winter Boots:

  • Mukluks Arctic (with Ribbons)
  • Camuks Xtreme (with Ribbons)

Skis:

  • HOK Skis
  • Universal bindings

Rackets:

  • MSR ‘Lightning Ascent’

Pulka Sled:

  • Fjellpulken X-Country 144 Pulka Sled
  • Expedition Harness
  • Standard Pulk Drag

Orientation:

  • Topographic maps 1:250,000
  • Compass
  • Garmin ‘GPSMAP 62ST’

Communication:

  • Iridium Satellite Telephone
  • Spot ‘Gen3’

DOCUMENTAIRE

  • Sony Nex VG-30
  • Lens 18-200mm PowerZoom
  • Tripod
  • Spare batteries
  • V-Lok

AU COIN DU FEU

Polar Tent:

  • Ferrino ‘Snowbound 2’

Sleeping Bag:

  • ‘ECC Expedition 1200′ Sac de Couchage

Ground Mat:

Cooking:

  • Stove
  • Gas

Utensils:

  • Axe
  • Saw

POST-EXPEDITION

We plan to self-publish a non-fiction book which brings togeth- er everything we learn about the values, traditions and legends of the First Nations peoples and apply it to a western audience through an engaging and inspiring adventure narrative, giving people an appreciation for the simple things and a living in har- mony with nature.

Live events in schools are a very effective means to achieve our ultimate goal, to inspire and educate young adventurers.

Based on the success of those run by Hendrik through Marche Ou Rêve, these events aim to inspire kids in French and English schools, engage them in important issues, and challenge them with simple daily tasks to reinforce what they have learned.

We hope to awaken within them their adventurous spirit and help them change their attitude in a positive way towards their environment, community and each other. We believe that stories and values of the First Nations communities hold keys to helping us here in Western Europe address some of the issues affecting our lives.

The website will be a central hub which is home to the documentary, an online shop for the book and other products, and information related to the expedition.

Furthermore, a blog, email newsletter and key influencer outreach program will help the website become a valuable portal of advice and other content for young adventurers, promoting an increasing volume of web traffic and a growing a loyal community.

Prior to our departure, we will have storyboarded a documentary which we will film along the way using a selection of video recording equipment and techniques.

Various scenes from the documentary will be sliced up and promoted to relevant online websites and communities in order to raise awareness of the expedition.

As a result of our partnership with Le Grand Bivouac, we also have the opportunity to screen the documentary at a festival in 2015 to thousands of adventurers and outdoor pursuitists.

WORK WITH US

LET’S MAKE THINGS HAPPEN

We want to work with you. Whether you’re a educational institute, organisation or just someone with an idea, we’d love to talk.

We’re available for:

  • 1-2 hour interactive educational workshops, using our personal tales of adventure to engage kids around the subjects such as environment and sustainability.
  • Corporate keynote presentations, applying our experience in military-style expedition planning, effective team work under extreme conditions and managing high levels of risk to a relatable business context.
  • Like our website? We built it ourselves, and can help you build your own. Just send us a message with the details and we’ll arrange a chat.

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