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Sarah McNair-Landry and Eric McNair-Landry

Photo credit: Erik Boomer (top) / Eric McNair-Landry

Super siblings

Expertise: Adventure, Trekking

By Michela Rosano

During an unsupported expedition with her older brother, Eric, in 2004-2005, Sarah McNair-Landry became the youngest person to ski to the South Pole. She was 18. Since then, the Nunavut-born siblings haven’t stopped breaking records during their many expeditions. In 2006, Sarah became the youngest person to reach both poles when she dogsledded to the North Pole. In 2011, the duo kite-skied 3,300 kilometres through the Northwest Passage, following the route Roald Amundsen took in 1903-1906; it was during this adventure that Eric established the world record for longest distance kite-skied in 24 hours. The duo have also kite-skied across the Greenland ice cap, dogsledded across Ellesmere Island and piloted three-wheeled kite-buggies over Mongolia’s Gobi Desert.


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