Long Traverses in the Arctic for Science (Matthew Sturm)

Video Shot in: 2009

Dr. Matthew Sturm is an experienced explorer who has undertaken several snow machine traverses across long distances in the Arctic. These trips ranged from 200 to 3,000 miles, with the longest being a successful three thousand-mile journey from Fairbanks to Baker Lake, Nunavut. The expeditions require careful planning, taking into account factors such as weather conditions, snowmelt, and the availability of sunlight. Dr. Sturm emphasizes the importance of securing funding, selecting a logical route, and choosing reliable companions for challenging and often stressful conditions. The logistics of the trips involve determining the amount of fuel and food needed, arranging for scientific research along the way, and ensuring that equipment is in good working order. Despite occasional dramatic incidents such as encountering thin ice or equipment breakdowns, most of the stories from these expeditions revolve around camaraderie, breathtaking snow-covered landscapes, and the patience required to endure long stretches of challenging terrain. Dr. Sturm and his team document their experiences through notes, movies, and a book titled “Finding the Arctic,” which also explores historical aspects of the Arctic region.