Expedition lead

A FAMILY

Ghislain BARDOUT

EXPEDITIONS CO-FOUNDER AND CO-DIRECTOR
UNDER THE POLE

Energy engineer

Deep polar diving specialist and underwater cameraman

Biography

Since 2006, he joined the adventure and the polar regions underwater exploration.

Attracted by the sea and the mountains, he first developed a passion for climbing and scuba diving. These activities quickly led him to teach it and to diversify his skills in both technical and professional diving. During his studies, he worked closely as a logistician and technical manager for Jean-Louis Étienne. This way, in April 2007 he organized a diving campaign at the North Pole, involving an underwater robot and six divers.

He then imagines an underwater exploration project aiming a complete photographic and cinematographic report on the underwater world of pack ice: the expedition "Deepsea Under The Pole by Rolex". To make his dream come true, he becomes an entrepreneur.

In the spring of 2010, after 3 years of preparation, together with 7 team members and a husky, Ghislain arrives in the polar night, 76 km from the North Pole. At the end of trying 45 days living on the pack ice and 51 dives in extreme conditions, this first adventure ended with remarkable success. It brings back some unique and spectacular photos of pack ice, which have traveled the world, testifying to a dream world in distress due to the global warming.

Thanks to this first success, in 2011 Ghislain starts working on the "Under The Pole" underwater exploration program. Welcomed by offshore racing sailor Roland Jourdain, he movs to a real preparation base in Concarneau and prepares to launch a new expedition: "Under The Pole II - Discovery Greenland". In 2013 together with Emmanuelle Périé-Bardout, he acquired a 19.5 m aluminum schooner the "WHY", in order to make it a traveling base camp dedicated to diving and polar exploration.

In January 2014, nearly a hundred crew members and collaborators as well as more than 80 partner companies and research institutes accompagnied the departure for Greenland. This expedition received an official support and sponsorship from the "Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research". After 4 months of deep dives, in July 2014 Ghislain crossed the 100 m bar in diving with mixtures in a rebreather for the first time in the polar region. After wintering in the pack ice, he goes on in April 2015, making the first dive beyond 100 m under the pack ice. In September 2015, after 21 months of polar immersion, the expedition returned to France. Since then, Ghislain and his crew have been preparing the Under The Pole III expedition.

Emmanuelle PÉRIÉ-BARDOUT

EXPEDITIONS CO-FOUNDER AND CO-DIRECTOR
UNDER THE POLE

National Sailing School graduated skipper

Polar regions specialist

Biography

Former teammate of Jean-Louis Étienne, Emmanuelle carries the Under The Pole program alongside Ghislain. Skipper of the "WHY" boat, she leads expedition communications and enjoys documenting untouched areas, particularly through writing.

Passionate about the sea and cetaceans since childhood, at the age of 13 she travels aboard the school schooner "Grace O" Malley for 6 months. In 2000, she trained at Glénans and at the National Sailing School until she reached the highest level in cruise teaching. Along with her work as manager of the island of Penfret where she manages about 200 trainees and 50 instructors, she has been experimenting offshore racing aboard a Mini 6.50.

Following her meeting with Jean-Louis Étienne, she sailes to Clipperton Island as sailor and nautical activities co-responsible. On her return, she became a diving instructor before leaving for a year and a half of polar sailing between Norway and Spitsbergen, as co-responsable of the Southern Star of Olivier Pitras. In 2007, she reunited with Jean-Louis Étienne for an expedition on an airship. It was the first time in 2008 when she went to the Geographic North Pole.

Emmanuelle then joined Ghislain to prepare Deepsea Under The Pole by Rolex expedition. In 2010, she was the only woman diving on the pack ice, taking care of communications and the dog Kayak. Since then, she is fully devoted to the new expedition preparing: Discovery Greenland - Under The Pole Part II.

Robin BARDOUT

SON OF EMMANUELLE AND GHISLAIN

Son of Emmanuelle and Ghislain, passionate about dogs, Robin naturally became co-responsible for the French Inuit Dog. His obsession with waking up in the early morning helps the crew not to hang around in bed. His good humor and his whims animate each day on board.

Tom BARDOUT

SON OF EMMANUELLE AND GHISLAIN

Kayak

MASCOT AND ADVENTURE PARTNER

Having already participated on the UNDER THE POLE I, II and III expeditions, Kayak is our mascot and adventures partner.

Siberian Husky, born February 8, 2009 in Quimper among the "Amarok" ("spirit of the wolf" in the Inuit language) in a pack of 80 other sled dogs, its real name is Amarok Ermak Kayak. Kayak loves snow and cold, it is full of energy and professional seducer. It accompanied the crew on the Deepsea Under The Pole by Rolex expedition, and earned his nickname of French Inuit Dog!

PERMANENT CREW

PASSIONATE PEOPLE

The expedition crew is multidisciplinary: divers, sailors, mountaineers, engineers, mechanics, cooks, cameramen, sound recordists, directors, photographers, biologists, doctors, scientists ...

Angélique HONORÉ-GUILET

ADMINISTRATIVE & FINANCIAL DIRECTOR

Erwan MARIVINT

GENERAL COORDINATION & PARTNERSHIPS

Ecological Engineer

Master degree in Arctic Studies

Diver N4, class 1B, hypoxic rebreather

Cradled by Nicolas Hulot's documentaries and Jean-Louis Étienne's stories, Erwan developed a strong taste for adventure and environmental protection.
Passionate about the great outdoors, he is specialized in the study of the polar regions.
Following the internship in Alaska and within the dynamic meteorology laboratory at the Polytechnic School of Palaiseau, Erwan found his vocation and joined the Under The Pole family in early 2016.

Alexandre SOENEN

COMMUNICATION MANAGER

Gaëlle BOUTTIER-GUERIVE

AWARENESS COORDINATOR

Master degree in Human Ecology

Growing up on the Bretagne region coast, between wild landscapes and destructive agriculture, Gaëlle understands that Man must learn to live harmoniously with Nature. Graduated in anthropology but engaged for nearly 20 years in environmental protection within a non-governmental organization, she is the author of books on ecology for all ages. She joined the Under The Pole crew to encourage the younger generations to explore the wonders of the planet.

Pol ROBERT

PARTNERSHIPS & SPONSORSHIP

Suite à une formation en école de commerce et un an de stage à l’étranger à Hong Kong et Amsterdam, Pol s’est rapidement embarqué dans une carrière de commercial grands comptes dans la tech et l’informatique. Il a fait ses armes chez Capgemini avant de travailler pour Microsoft pour le secteur public. Après avoir passé 4 ans dans des grands groupes, il a voulu sortir de sa zone de confort en s’engageant en couple dans un projet de volontariat en Inde et en Birmanie pour l’association Life Project 4 Youth. De retour en France, il a souhaité se lancer dans une nouvelle aventure bretonne pleine de challenges en intégrant UNDER THE POLE. Il est par ailleurs un grand féru de sports en tout genre comme l’ultra-trail, le triathlon ou la chasse sous-marine. Après avoir déjà couru l’UTMB il souhaite s’aligner sur la Diagonale des fous en 2022

Myrina BOULAIS

SCIENTIFIC COORDINATOR

Tony SIEGFRIEDT

ADMIN

Franck GAZZOLA

PHOTOGRAPHER & INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Bachelor degree in Administration and Business Management

Snorkeling diver

Born in St.-Pierre et Miquelon, Tony has always known the sea through a lighthouse keepers family. After a few years passed in Canada, he returned to the Bretagne region in France, passionate about hiking and snorkeling. He joins the UNDER THE POLE crew in April 2018, bringing his administrative skills to a team of explorers sharing his values.

Megan BRYCE

CARAVAN PROJECT MANAGER

Pierre ÇAKMUR

AWARENESS AND PARTNERSHIPS

Aurélie MERCIER

EDUCATION AND AWARENESS

« Great adventures are built by great crews.».

— Ghislain BARDOUT —

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Frédéric NASRINFAR

LAWYER & LEGAL EXPERTISE

Grégoire CHÉRON

PRESS OFFICER & AGENT

Zeppelin agency

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Victor RAULT

VIDEOS & MONTAGES

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