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June 2006 - The Top of the World For Charity team has successfullyreached their goal of raising $500,000 for local children's charities! Thankyou again for your support. Please stay tuned for a full image gallery and reports from the team.

The Last Degree to the geographic North Pole
The team successfully reached GPS 89.999°N at approximately 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2006. Despite numerous pressure ridges and leads (open water), as well as fast-moving drifting ice, they arrived at the geographic North Pole as scheduled and in good health. They were flown to Ice Station Borneo where they spent a day awaiting a flight off the ice.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, family, friends; and to all the students who followed the expedition over the internet.

Listen to the final audio reports from the North Pole:
April 19 - Team
April 18 Report #1- Doug
April 18 Report #2 - Doug

About the Expedition

In April 2006 Hamilton & Burlington area business men Peter Turkstra, Steve Stipsits, Fred Losani, Scott Shawyer and Paul Hubner joined 2 other adventurers and skied to the North Pole to raise as much money as possible for local kids charities.

This ambitious expedition took the team of adventurers – seven in all – to one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. It was a 110 km journey across ice and snow in round-the-clock daylight and -30 to -50 degree weather.

The ‘To the Top of the World Charity' expedition occurred April 7 - 22 / 2006 and had a goal of raising $500,000 to assist children and families in the Hamilton and surrounding areas.

All expenses were paid by the team members to ensure all funds raised went directly to their respective charities.  


Doug Stoup

Our inspiring guide on this journey was Doug Stoup. A veteran explorer and dedicated educator, Doug inspired and motivated us through the challenging adventure.

Doug is the founder of the Ice Axe Foundation which was established to afford young people the opportunity to reach their full potential and to better understand the planet they live on, along with the people and wildlife that share this fragile ecosystem.