An overly excited Ray Zahab called me up last August, and began explaining the details of an expedition spanning the ultimate extremes of temperature and environment. He proposed an itinerary that would first cross the Arctic, then immediately head south to Chile to traverse the Atacama desert. When he finally and asked if I’d be keen to join him, it wasn’t hard to say yes. We immediately delved deep into logistics and spent the next 6 months planning and making preparations.
The trip began in Canada’s Arctic in mid February when temperatures regularly plummet to -50 degrees centigrade. On fat tire bikes, myself, Ray and Steffano Gregoretti attempted the first unsupported crossing from the remote Inuit community of Qikiqtarjuaq, through the Akshayuk Pass and into the town of Pangritung. Here are some photos and stories from our adventure.