known for his legendary polar exploration, Will
Steger is a formidable voice calling for understanding
and the preservation of the Arctic and the Earth.
Will Steger led the first confirmed dogsled expedition
to the North Pole without resupply in 1996, the
1,600-mile traverse of Greenland (the longest
unsupported dogsled expedition in history in 1988),
the first dogsled traverse of Antarctica (a historic
seven-month, 3,471 mile expedition), and the first
dogsled traverse of the Arctic Ocean.
Explorer Will Steger Leads Youth on Arctic Expedition
to Examine Global Warming Impact
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- 03/18/08 -- Today famed polar
explorer Will Steger announced he is departing
on an international expedition to document the
impact of global warming in the Arctic region.
Steger will be joined by a team of six young explorers
-- from Norway, Great Britain, Canada and the
United States -- on a 60-day, 1,400-mile dogsled
expedition across Ellesmere Island, which is the
northernmost part of the North American continent.
expedition team will depart on March 28 and is
currently making final preparations on Baffin
Island. The team will follow in the footsteps
of Arctic explorers who traversed the region in
the early 1900s and use their historical routes,
journals and archived photos to document the disintegrating
ice shelves, retreating glaciers and destruction
of wildlife habitat.
and his team members seek to inspire international
cooperation in environmental stewardship, mobilize
Generation Y to produce global warming solutions
and educate youth by providing an eyewitness account
of their experiences through videos, podcasts,
photos, blog entries and lesson plans at www.globalwarming101.com.
the 2007 recipient of two prestigious awards from
National Geographic and The Explorers Club, selected
the team members, ages 21-28, for their accomplishments
in exploration: two National Geographic grantees;
two kite-skiing international record holders;
the 2007 Iditarod "Rookie of the Year";
a polar historian; and Sam Branson, the son of
Virgin Group's Richard Branson who joined Steger
on his 2007 expedition to Baffin Island.
team is composed of some of the brightest young
explorers in the world," Steger said. "They
continue to inspire my efforts to solve global
warming and will serve as excellent role models
for future generations."
Ellesmere Island Expedition team -- profiled on
-- is available for interviews until they depart
on March 28.
Ellesmere Island Expedition is produced by the
Will Steger Foundation through partnerships with
Fagen, Inc., the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the
National Geographic Society, SuperValu, the Renewable
Fuels Foundation, the Chippewa Valley Ethanol
Company and Piper Jaffray.
more information about the expedition or to schedule
an interview with one of the team members, please
contact Meghan Krause at 612.333.4595 or email@example.com.
the Will Steger Foundation and Global Warming
in January 2006 by renowned polar explorer Will
Steger, the Will Steger Foundation promotes change
through education and advocacy. Global Warming
101 is the first initiative of the Will Steger
Foundation and raises broad public awareness about
global warming as witnessed through Will Steger's
polar expeditions. Global Warming 101 expeditions
offer a unique view of people and places at the
tipping point of climate change, while www.globalwarming101.com
serves as an international platform for furthering
education, discussion and activism, and sharing
the experiences and updates from each expedition.
the Ellesmere Island Expedition
March, Steger will lead six young explorers from
four different countries -- Norway, Great Britain,
Canada and the United States -- to document the
impact of and inspire solutions to global warming.
The team includes two National Geographic grantees,
two kite-skiing international record holders,
the 2007 Iditarod "Rookie of the Year,"
a polar historian; and Sam Branson, who is the
son of Virgin Group's Richard Branson and joined
Steger on his 2007 expedition to Baffin Island.
People from around the world will be able to track
the Ellesmere Island Expedition team on www.globalwarming101.com,
which will include profiles, videos, images, podcasts
and blog entries from team members.
Steger (born 1943 at Richfield, Minnesota) is
a prominent spokesperson for the understanding
and preservation of the Arctic and has led some
of the most significant feats in the field of
dogsled expeditions; such as the first confirmed
dogsled journey to the North Pole (without re-supply)
in 1986, the 1,600-mile south-north traverse of
Greenland - the longest unsupported dogsled expedition
in history during 1988, the historic 3,471-mile
International Trans-Antarctic Expedition - the
first dogsled traverse of Antarctica (1989-90),
and the International Arctic Project - the first
and only dogsled traverse of the Arctic Ocean
from Russia to Ellesmere Island in Canada during
been invited to testify before Congress on polar
and environmental issues, Steger co-founded the
Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE)
at Hamline University in 1991. During 1993 he
founded the World School at the University of
St. Thomas (Minnesota).
Steger joins Amelia Earhart, Robert Peary, Roald
Amundsen and Jacques-Yves Cousteau in receiving
the National Geographic Society's John Oliver
La Gorce Medal for "accomplishments in geographic
exploration, in the sciences, and for public service
to advance international understanding" in
received recognition and numerous honors for record
setting explorations and interactive educational
initiatives: Explorers Club Finne Ronne Memorial
Award 1997, and the National Geographic Society's
First Explorer-in-Residence 1996.
authored four books and his publications, photographs
and interviews are distributed globally:
Over the Top of the World
North to the Pole
Saving the Earth
Steger holds many job titles—educator, writer,
photographer, and lecturer. But polar adventurer
is perhaps his best known and hardest-won. Steger
first reached the North Pole in 1986, leading
a team of six (Paul Schurke, Brent Boddy, Richard
Weber, Geoff Carroll and Ann Bancroft by dogsled.
He returned again in 1995, while crossing the
Arctic Ocean from Russia to Ellesmere Island,
Canada, with a team of five by dogsled and specially
has also kayaked thousands of miles of northern
rivers, including the Peace, MacKenzie, and Yukon.
He often blazes new trails on the digital frontier,
posting dispatches from his expeditions to millions
over the Internet.
National Scout Jamboree
Steger provided mentorship for southern units
at the National Scout jamboree of the Boy Scouts
of America. In Minnesota's Twin Cities, he works
with the School of Environmental Studies project-based
learning programs. Wilderness Inquiry was inspired
and enabled by Will Steger's outdoor recreation
community stewardship working in collaboration
with Hamline's interdisciplinary CGEE programs.
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