Maxime Chaya: The Three Poles Challenge

Maxime Chaya is currently attempting an unassisted (on skis without dogs) and unsupported (without re-supplies) crossing of Antarctica, from the Hercules Inlet to the South Pole (1130 km). Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents.

This crossing, for Maxime, will be the second milestone of the Three Poles Challenge. The first was completed when he raised, for the first time in history, the Lebanese flag on the summit of Mount Everest. The third is going to be the North Pole.

Completing this challenge will place Maxime with a handful of people who have achieved this seemingly impossible task.

Maxime Chaya was officially nominated a Seven “Summiteer” on May 15, 2006, after having conquered the 7 Summits – the highest peaks on the seven continents.

Maxime Chaya is blogging his adventure at



  1. JoseyWales · · Reply

    And for his next and toughest challenge yet, Maxime will try to plant the flag in Baabda, Lebanon. 😉

  2. Ibn Bint Jbeil · · Reply

    this is very inspiring, moussa, thank you for sharing! actually a “lebanese” venture that is not wrought with the decrepit, hopeless animosity that is lebanese politics. it should be a poignant lesson to all of us. thank you again!

  3. Courage! 🙂

  4. poshlemon · · Reply

    Wonderful to know about. It instills a sense of pride at a time when the situations and conditions of our country keep putting us down.

  5. Blacksmith Jade · · Reply

    Very inspiring! Our best wishes to Maxime!

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