“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” § T S Eliot Photography ©2010 Dirk Jensen

In April 2010, Elham Al-Qasimi will set off to trek to the North Pole. She aims to be the first Arab woman to set foot at the northernmost tip of the world, making the trek ski-assisted and unsupported.

Map showing Elham's progress towards the North Pole

Elham’s current status

Position90°0′N 0°0′E
Daily distance5 miles
Total distance60.6 miles
WeatherClear skies

From Elham’s journal


At 13:15 on 23 April 2010, my team mates and I dropped our sled harnesses and took our skis off one last time and stuck them upright in the snow at exactly 90 degrees latitude. A few moments later it had already moved and we scampered forward to capture the moment again, to look down at our GPS screen showing 90.00 00 000 000.