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2017.04.14

Essilor supports Bear Witness Arctic expedition

On 12 April 2017, a team of four explorers set off for the first circumnavigation on skis of Bylot Island, in the far north Nunavut province at the eastern edge of the historic Northwest Passage. The goals of this four-week epic journey: to mark Canada’s 150th birthday and bear witness to the changes taking place in this incredibly rich Arctic ecosystem.

Essilor is sponsoring the Bear Witness team by protecting their eyes with advanced technology equipment for the challenging environment they are traversing. The experienced explorers – David Reid, Eric Brossier, Ingrid Ortlieb and Martin Garcia – have selected a range of high performance Costa Sunglasses and Native Eyewear goggles to equip them on their journey. The lens quality, color and materials of this eyewear, for example blue mirror lenses in highly resistant polycarbonate, will help ensure ultimate protection in the intense Arctic light and weather conditions. Eric Brossier is heading up the scientific side of the expedition that will see the team measuring the thickness of the ice and snow density as well as taking daily temperature and weather readings.

Follow the Bear Witness expedition blog here:
https://www.bearwitness.ca

Essilor has supported French oceanographer and glaciologist Eric Brossier and his family since 2012 in their life aboard the scientific observation vessel Vagabond, that for most of the year is frozen into the surrounding ice fields of the Canadian Arctic. This extreme testing of Essilor eyewear in the harshest of light and weather environments has been an invaluable resource in ensuring the Group provides the highest-quality lenses, no matter the circumstances.

For more information on Eric Brossier and Vagabond:
https://vagabond.fr/en/blog

  • Bear Witness Expedition

    Eric Brossier

  • Bear Witness Expedition

    David Reid

  • Bear Witness Expedition

    A 500km scientific journey across an uninhabited Canadian Arctic island

  • Bear Witness Expedition

    Ingrid Ortlieb

  • Bear Witness Expedition

    Martin Garcia

  • Bear Witness Expedition

    On 12 April 2017, the 4 explorers set off for the first circumnavigation on skis of Bylot Island

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