It will be the 20 year anniversary since Dupre and John Hoelscher completed the first and only circumnavigation of Greenland in 2001; a 6,500-mile journey all non-motorized by dog team and kayak.
We will re-visit polar Inuit friends and villages to find out how their culture has changed as a result of climate change and modernization over the last two decades.
The team will travel by dog team over frozen fjords to Inuit villages and hunting grounds.
To round out the Greenland story, we are focusing on two key areas of Greenland. The first and most prominent location will be the land of the Polar Inuit in northwest Greenland. The second area is an extremely remote place in Southeast Greenland called Kangerlussuaq.
To create a feature documentary film and photo essay that will tell their story and pay homage to the Inuit people, unsung heroes of countless Arctic expeditions and pioneers of ingenuity to create rich lives. Their innovation through trial and error and their creative ways of improvising has always amazed Lonnie on past expeditions.
Through this documentary, we aim to educate people about this little known place and culture. To convey the beauty that Greenland is and the humble people that carved out special lives in a land of snow and ice. By giving folks a glimpse of the Polar Inuit culture, we hope to make it dear in others' hearts too.
We will produce a feature-length documentary and photo-essay book that share with the world the importance of Greenland’s ice, its people, and its fragility.
Lonnie Dupre – Team Leader | Minnesota
Lonnie has 30 years of polar expeditions under his belt, pulling sleds on skis from Canada to the North Pole twice and circumnavigating Greenland by dog team and kayak. In 2015, he completed the first January solo winter ascent of Alaska’s Denali, North America’s tallest peak.
Completed the first west to east, 3,000-mile winter crossing of Canada’s famed Northwest Passage by dog team
Achieved the first circumnavigation of Greenland, a 6,500 mile, all non-motorized journey by kayak and dog team
Pulled sleds on skis from Canada to the North Pole twice achieving over 22 million impressions worldwide on issues surrounding climate change
First solo winter ascent of Alaska’s Mount Denali (20,340 ft) in the month of January
Alpine ascent of Kyajo Ri (20,295 ft) in Himalayas, Nepal
First winter ascent of Mount Wood (15,912 ft) in the Yukon, Canada
Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow 2019
Outside magazine's #3 Most Badass Adventure of 2015
National Geographic Adventure - Best of Adventure 2005
Rolex Award for Enterprise 2004
Polartec Challenge Award 2000 & 2001
Explorers Club 1996
Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway 1994
Books, Film & Speaking
Alone at the Top – Climbing Denali in the Dead of Winter
Life on Ice – 25 Years of Arctic Exploration
Greenland Expedition: Where Ice is born (photo essay)
The Raven’s Gift (children’s book)
Cold Love – Film
TedX Talk - Life in the Middle of Nowhere (Dec 2019 release)
Josefin Kuschela – Director & Cinematographer | Germany
Josi has been working as a camera woman for more than 10 years. Her passion is in nature- and outdoor films, mainly in cold environments. This and her love for dogs and all animals has brought her to filming wolves, sled dogs, moose in Alaska, reindeer in northern Sweden and more. She likes the challenge of filming in tough conditions, the balance of getting the best quality and content while keeping things simple and flexible.
Josi and Lonnie will be directing our documentary. She's also in charge of the camera work, and is basically taking care of the whole production of the Greenland film.
Pascale Marceau - Scientist & Explorer | Canada
Pascale Marceau, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society is a scientist specializing in risk and renewable energy start-ups. Marceau is also a cold-weather explorer and has recently become the first woman to summit a major subarctic peak in winter and has completed the first ascent of a peak in British Columbia.
Pascale focuses on winter mountaineering and first ascents in areas of Canada and the world that have seldom been explored. Pascale is happiest with a map and a compass in her hands!
Pascale aims to have a scientific component to her projects, a notable one being the microplastics sampling which produced an article in National Geographic
Torben Diklev | Denmark
Archeologist specializing in the Polar Inuit culture. Torben was past director and curator of the Danish Polar Explorer Knud Rasmussen house in Denmark and Thule Museum in Qaanaaq, Greenland.
Tine Lisby Jensen | Denmark
Inuit Culture Tine has lived and toured in Greenland for many years and has a vast knowledge of the Polar Inuit culture.
Tine is also Owner of LISBY in Denmark, specializing in fine leather creations. http://tinelisby.dk/profil/
Dave King | Sweden
Born in the UK, Dave has lived all over the World, from Afghanistan to India then the far North of Alaska and now in Lapland where he maintains a kennel of 40 sleddogs, some horses and a Red Cat. Passions are dog mushing, mountaineering, kayaking & sailing and discovering the wild parts of our planet by these means. Passionate about our global environment,
Stevie Anna Plummer | USA
Stevie has handled communications and social media for Lonnie Dupre since 2011. Stevie is an adventurous soul and working on photography.
Stevie fell in love with the vast, wild land that is Patagonia where she embarked on a 1,200+ mile crossing of Patagonia by horseback with her pup Darcie.