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News and Photos

This section is for news and photos. Check back often as we will be updating frequently in the weeks leading up to our trip. During the expedition, the team will send back daily dispatches via satellite; and allow students to ask questions over the internet.

An HDTV documentary of the expedition will be filmed for DVD release, along with live coverage (audio and video dispatches) on ICE AXE TV . We plan to provide some great photos and a full report from each of the team members on this page once we return. In the meantime, here's the current news:

April 19, 2006
The Hamilton Spectator has been providing excellent coverage throughout the expedition. Please click on the links below to check out some of the great articles including today's cover story.
Cover Story - Polar Triumph - Marissa Nelson
Breaking News - Adventurers Reach Pole - Marissa Nelson
Closing in On Santa's Shop - Daniel Nolan
North Pole Diet - Marissa Nelson
Dressed Not to Chill - Paul Legall
Princely Predators in Peril - Paul Legall

April 19, 2006
The team successfully reached GPS 89.999°N at approximately 3:25 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday, April 19). Despite numerous pressure ridges and leads (open water), as well as fast-moving drifting ice, they arrived at the geographic North Pole on schedule. Everyone is in good health. They are currently at Ice Station Borneo awaiting a flight off the ice. They expect to be back in Longyearbyen tomorrow (Thursday). Click here to listen to expedition leader Doug Stoup's second report from April 18

APRIL 18, 2006
The team has successfully reached the geographic North Pole. Everyone is feeling good and obviously in good spirits. They will fly to Ice Station Borneo later today (tonight), and should be back in Longyearbyen tomorrow. Stay tuned for a final wrap up later today and tomorrow... Listen to expedition leader Doug's audio update from the North Pole - April 18 - Doug

April 17, 2006
After another great day of skiing, the team is really close and expecting to reach the pole tomorrow! Check back throughout the day as we will try and update you right away. Click the links below for the updates from the past few days:
April 17 - Ted
April 16 - Fred
April 15 - Scott
April 14 - Paul

April 13, 2006
The team has completed their third day on the polar ice pack. They skiied for about 10 hours today, but have made only a 9km gain toward the pole due to the extreme drift of the ice. Click here to listen to Steve's report of the day.

April 12, 2006
The team has completed their second day on the polar ice pack, skiing for about 10km. Click here to listen to Peter's report from the day.

April 11, 2006
The team has completed their first day on the polar ice pack, skiing for about 6 hours. Click here to listen to expedition leader Doug Stoup's report.

April 11, 2006
Check out the great coverage of To The Top of The World For Charity that's appearing in the Hamilton Spectator. Click below to view the articles in PDF format. Check the Spectator Website daily for news from the expedition.
Top of the World - Paul Legall
The Polar Spell - Paul Legall
Hamiltonians Head to North Pole - Sandy Bunyan

April 10, 2006
We've got some great reports from the team's journey so far. Click on the links below to launch the audio/video.
Scott's Update
Peter checks in
Fred's Report
The Team in Oslo

April 6, 2006
The team leaves today to fly to Norway, where they will meet up with their guide and other teammate, and complete their final preparations. Wish them luck, keep the donations coming, and check back here for regular reports.

April 5, 2006
Fred Losani and Steve Stipsits were on CH Morning Live talking about the expeditionand their fundraising effort. Check back soon for footage.

March 31, 2006
Steve Stipsits and Scott Shawyer were featured in an article in the Burlington Post. Click here to read the full story.

March 28, 2006
Fred Losani and Steve Stipsits spoke about the To the Top of the World for Charity expedition on the Roy Green Show on 900CHML.

March 28, 2006
Click on the thumbnails below to view some photos from this week's training:

March 24, 2006
The Top of The World Team is featured in the Hamilton Mountain News, click here to read the story.

March 20, 2006

Doug Stoup arrives this week. He will be speaking at several schools in the Hamilton area. Doug's focus is teaching kids about science, the environment and ecology in a fun and relaxed way, using his great adventures to get kids interested in these important topics.


Click on the link to download:

News Release – March 15, 2006 (PDF)
Fundraising Brochure (PDF)