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Richard Weber and Josee Auclair

Richard Weber and Josee Auclair

Josee and Richard

Josée and Richard both started skiing at an early age. Richard was competing by age six and a member of Canada's National Cross Country Ski Team by age eighteen. He retired in 1985 with twenty national titles. Richard has a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont. Richard has co-authored two books about his adventures. Josée also spent some years competing for Canada on the National ski team. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany from the University of Vermont and a teaching certificate from the University of Quebec. Richard and Josée met while ski racing.

Richard’s Expedition Highlights
Richard made his first arctic expedition in 1985, his first North Pole journey in 1986. In 2007 he completed his sixth 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 with no re-supplies; 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
  • Richard has participated in more than 50 arctic and North Pole expeditions

Josée’s Expedition Highlights
Josée made her first arctic expedition in 1988, a first crossing of the Penny Ice Cap on Baffin Island. Her first North Pole experience was in 1999.

  • 1999 – 2004 Annual treks covering the last degree to the North Pole
  • Woman Quest; an all woman trek to the North Pole in 2001
  • South Pole; 2007 an all woman trek covering the last degree to the South Pole

Tourism Experience
Richard and Josée started arctic tourism with the world’s first commercial North Pole trek in 1993, hiking and kayaking trips on Baffin Island. In 2000, they opened “Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge”, Canada’s most northerly lodge on Somerset Island in Nunavut. Arctic Watch Lodge is Nunavut’s largest and most unique tourism operation.