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On March 3, 1990, a team of six men from six different countries and their 42 sled dogs completed the first-ever dogsled crossing of the Antarctic continent. Will Steger along with Jean-Louis Etienne from France led this expedition, traveling 3,741 miles in seven months, enduring temperatures as low as -54F and winds as high as 100 mph. Following the expedition, the team members met with heads of state in France, China, Russia, Japan and the U.S. calling for the ratification of the 1961 Antarctic Treaty. The Treaty was ratified in 1991, protecting Antarctica from oil and mineral exploration and preserving it for science. The landmark expedition could not be replicated today: not only have dogs been banned from Antarctica, but the Larsen A and B Ice Shelves, on which the team travelled for a month, no longer exist, its demise a major indication of the impacts of climate change.We are adding pictures, stories, videos and other memories from this expedition the entire month of March 2015, the 25th year anniversary. Check back often for updates.Read more
ROUTE MAP Explore the route selected for the 2015 Solo. Read MoreRead more
In late March 2015, I will begin a 200-mile canoe-sled solo over the northern rivers and lakes along the Minnesota/Canadian border. This expedition during the spring break-up is a personal journey to experience the beauty of the season and to expand my knowledge and skills. Through daily satellite dispatches, I will be sharing my adventure along the way. As I travel, I will attempt to answer just what goes on inside an explorer’s head, the ‘why’ behind my fifty-years of expedition experience.Read more