25 years ago, Will Steger and five other team members from five countries traveled 3,700 miles across Antarctica by dogsled. In a grueling trip with the coldest temperatures on earth, the team raised worldwide attention around the preservation of Antarctica. This trip would be impossible today due to the loss of ice.
Together, they worked to ensure that the existing Antarctic Treaty be reconfirmed. The participating treaty nations added an environmental protocol and a 50-year ban on mining. Because of this, Antarctica is protected from mineral exploration and preserved for science and research. The explorers, together with their support team, formed bonds that would last a lifetime.
This October, with the launch of the book Think South: How We Got Six Men and Forty Dogs Across Antarctica, four of the expedition members returned to Minneapolis for a reunion. Written by the Trans-Antarctica Expedition Executive Director Cathy de Moll, Think South was featured at Talk of the Stacks at the Hennepin County Library to an overflowing crowd in honor of the 25-year anniversary of the expedition.
The historic work of the team is still important today. As they share these stories and first-person accounts, they help ensure that the next generation is educated and work to reduce global warming.
Photo courtesy of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.