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.

Both Think South and the newly reissued North to the Pole are available for purchase online.

Photo courtesy of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

One Response to “25-Year Anniversary of the Trans-Antarctica Expedition”

  1. Leon Moyer

    O.K., I will be the first to submit a comment. I ask people to think about how much fossil fuel has been used by Will Steger and the five others in their efforts to travel across Antarctica, all of which contributed to global warming? And during the last 25 years, how many natural resources have been consumed in “educating” people about global warming and saving our natural resources, when all we really needed to do is stay home, do nothing but exist, and stop being tourists and annoying people in their native lands who ARE staying home, but have to put up with American travelers? We could all exist on much, much less, and the less we consume–of everything!–the less we will pollute or use up natural resources of the earth! It isn’t education we need, it is the will to deny our selves the lusts of the flesh, (First John 2:15-17) such as travel simply for the sake of “seeing the world”. Use less, pollute less, and live more by using human powered devices and natures energy in the small part of the world in which you happen to dwell.

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