May 01, 2018
5 French Founders Visit Greenland to Traverse the World’s Largest Island
The Outdoor Journal has been updating our readers as to the progress of Engages, which you can read here.
Before you read, remember this: Independent editorial isn't free. If you enjoy this article, please consider our message at the end of this article and support our journalism so we can keep going.
During May, five French entrepreneurs will team up to cross the toughest terrain of the world’s largest island when they visit Greenland – a total of 700km in 30 days. We’ll track their progress with updates they send us during their expedition.
The strong bond of entrepreneurship unites us. We know the sacrifices and commitment that it takes to found a company: knowing how to push the limits with both team spirit and great humility.
“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
Our ambition is to draw a parallel between life in extreme conditions with great physical exertion and the entrepreneurial experience. Our ambition is to show that five individuals who are bound by the passion of entrepreneurship are able to accomplish the wildest challenges. Our ambition is to show that as a team we go further than going it alone, and also that we can always push a bit further.
➔ 1 guide.
➔ 5 entrepreneurs.
➔ 30 days.
➔ 67th parallel north along the Arctic Circle.
➔ 80 kg per person.
➔ 700 km of cross-country skiing.
➔ -40 ° C average temperature.
➔ 30th April to 30 May.
➔ Kangerlussuaq to Isortoq
Maxime LAINÉ – 27
Founder of Weesurf in 2015, an app that allows each surfer, whatever his level, to find the best place and the best time to go surfing. When he has a goal in mind, even the most unreachable, he always finds ways to make it happen. Amateur gliding, surfing, skiing and skateboarding since childhood, he swaps the beaches and waves for the polar cold.
Thomas TIRTIAUX – 25
Co-founder of Solen, a technology that measures sunlight from a simple picture taken with a smartphone which is used in real estate to indicate the brightness and sunshine of a property. Super creative, always full of ideas to share, for example, the expedition!
Lucas SERVANT – 27
Co-founder of Ignition Program, an HR lab that selects candidates with high potential for startup roles, and accompanies them along their career paths. As an inveterate adventurer, Lucas also follows along the Tour de France by hitchhiking.
Valentin DROUILLARD – 25
Co-founder of Wape, management tool that strengthens employee engagement for remote offices. A Reserve Lieutenant in the Army, Valentin is thirsty for human challenges in a team.
Antoine NOEL – 27
Co-founder of Japet Medical Devices, which develops medical device robotics for rehabilitation, including the first exoskeleton to relieve patients with chronic back pain and accompany in the recovery of activity. Driven by the challenges and passion of technology, Antoine sailed across the Atlantic after completing his studies at MIT.
An ultra-experienced French explorer, Bernard Muller first summited Nanga Parbat summit (8,125 m) in 1979. Soon after, he summited the southern pillar of the Dhaulagiri (8167 m) in 1980 and, in 1981, the western face of Manaslu (8,163 m). Two major successes. During the following years, Bernard topped the southern face of Aconcagua (highest peak in Latin America 6,962 m) in alpine technique and the first without oxygen in the corridor southeast of Kangchenjunga (8,505 m). He led participants several times to the summits of the Gasherbrum II (8,035 m), Everest (8,848 m), Cho Oyu (8,201 m) and Shishapangma (8,027 m). Bernard turned his focus to the polar lands and successfully crossed Greenland three times (1997, 1998 and 2017), Iceland (1999) and Baffin Island (2000).
Traversing the World’s Largest Island
Greenland is an autonomous province of the Kingdom of Denmark. It is also geographically linked to the North American continent. When you visit Greenland, you are visiting the largest island of the planet, with an area of some 2.2 million square kilometers, of which only 410,000 square kilometers are not covered by the ice sheet. Its most northerly tip is just 740 kilometers from the North Pole. At this time of the year, the temperature can vary from 0 ° C to -40 ° C and daylight shines almost continuously, as there are only 4 hours of darkness per day.
The team is inspired to visit Greenland by intrepid explorer Mike Horn, and his thoughts, “we dream too often with our eyes closed, we have to dream with our eyes open.”
Your Own Trip to Greenland
Discovering Ice Sheets in Greenland
Greenland, the land of the midnight sun, has one the world’s most expansive ice sheets, second in size only to Antarctica. Here, in the last frontier for many experienced travelers, lie the uninhabited and lonely stretches of nature at its most magnificent. The world has long glamorized Greenland for being destitute; remember Walter Mitty’s famous landing in a crumbling Nuuk? In reality, the country offers up a mix of mystery, history, scenery and wildlife—redefining Arctic cool. Book now on The Outdoor Voyage.