The Pittarak Team

Eric McNair-Landry

One of the youngest individuals to ski unsupported to the South Pole, Eric has kite-skied over 15,000 km on expeditions and has crossed the Greenland Icecap 6 times. He currently holds the record for the longest kite-skiing distance in 24 hours at 595 km!  His dog sledding skills led him to embark on a two-month dog sledding expedition in the high arctic with legendary explorer Will Steger.  He has crossed the Gobi desert, guided a kite-ski traverse across Antarctica, and recently kite-skied 3,300 km retracing the Northwest Passage. To add to this impressive list, Eric was nominated for National Geographic’s prestigious “Adventurer of the Year” award and received the Outdoor Idol Award in 2007.

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Katherine Breen

For the past four years Kate has been living in Iqaluit and working at the Qikiqtani General Hospital. Her work includes traveling to small hamlets throughout Nunavut to provide service at local health centres. She practices family medicine with a special interest in the areas of obstetrics, ER, and wilderness medicine.

Kate holds a teaching appointment in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is a member of the Wilderness Medical Society and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada. Passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle, Kate is a certified yoga teacher, an avid sea kayaker, and a member of Paddle Canada.

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Erik Boomer

A professional whitewater kayaker and photographer, specializing in kayaking some of the world’s toughest rivers, he has many first descents to his name.  In 2011, he became the first to circumnavigate Ellesmere Island on a 100-day ski and sea kayak expedition, which earned him a nomination for National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year” award. Recently, he was featured as an athlete on the BBC’s  hit television show “Top Gear”.

A published photographer, his work has appeared in, amongst others: Outside magazine, The New York Times, and Macleans magazine. In 2010, his photograph became a finalist in the Red Bull Illume competition.

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Sarah McNair-Landry

Sarah grew up with the Arctic Ocean and a team of dogs in her backyard. No stranger to the cold, she is the youngest person to travel to both the North and South Pole, has traversed the Greenland Ice Cap five times, has ventured into the Gobi desert, has guided an expedition to both the South and North Pole, and recently kite skied 3,300 km retracing the Northwest Passage. In 2007 along with her older brother and teammate Eric, she was nominated for National Geographic’s prestigious “Adventurer of the Year” award and named one of the “Top Ten Women in Adventure” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.

When she is not in the cold, she spends her time working in film. She has directed several documentaries and is a published photographer.

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