Pulling for the Planet | Northwest Greenland 2022
Updated: Feb 22
A film about the Polar Inuit, those living in the northernmost communities in the world
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.
In the spring of 2022, the team will travel by dog team over frozen fjords to Inuit villages and hunting grounds.
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.
We will produce a feature-length documentary and photo-essay book that shares with the world the importance of Greenland’s ice, its people, and its fragility.. It 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.
Meet The Team
Lonnie Dupre – Team Leader
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
Pascale Marceau - Explorer
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.
Tine Lisby Jensen – 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/
Josefin Kuschela – Director & Cinematographer
Josi has been working in the wide world of film for more than 10 years. Her heart is in the outdoors, in nature, and she loves to find cool shots in all parts of the earth to show people these wonderful places that our world has to offer. Being a big dog person and loving animals, she has made films with sled dogs in Alaska, wolves in Germany and is currently filming moose in North America. http://joosee.de/en