It was an honor to host the 25th Anniversary of the Steger International Expedition to the North Pole with the Minnesota Historical Society and the Consulate General of Canada in May. The eight-member expedition team, from across the U.S., Canada and New Zealand, returned to Minnesota to celebrate a series of events. We hosted an Expedition Family Day for over 650 people who experienced hands-on activities about expedition life, sled dogs, and climate impacts on the Arctic. We also featured an evening public program at the MN History Center and the team spoke with local TV stations, WSF supporters and elected officials. The team joined the Canadian Consulate for lunch and Wilderness Inquiry for a canoe trip down the Mississippi River with school children and conservation partners.
Enjoy the video recap of the events!
For media coverage of the reunion, please check out the following stories:
Remembering the North Pole trek of 1986 — and looking forward to the anniversary celebration
ELY, Minn. — Twenty five years ago this month, an expedition team reached the North Pole after enduring 56 days and 1,000 miles across fractured, shifting sea ice in temperatures that dipped below -70 degrees Fahrenheit. The epic ski and dogsled trek with its eight-member, 49-dog crew was a deliberate throwback to the days of the early explorers. This accomplishment, the first confirmed trek to reach the Pole without resupply, was deemed by National Geographic “a landmark in polar exploration.” [via MinnPost]
North Pole ’86 Expedition 25th Anniversary Celebration
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn — Relive the trials and triumphs of the historic 1986 expedition to the North Pole with Minnesotans Will Steger, Paul Schurke and Ann Bancroft, Canada’s Brent Boddy and Richard Weber and New Zealand’s Geoff Carroll and Bob McKerrow. [via KAREll]
North Pole ’86 Reunion
WCCO-TV covers the 1986 North Pole Expedition’s 25th reunion, held at the Minnesota History Center. [via WCCO]
Fond memories, shocking change
Ely Timberjay – The Ely reunion for the 25th anniversary of the 1986 polar expedition on Wednesday brought out stories of training, companionship, gratitude and fending off polar bears with a frying pan. [via Ely Timberjay]
A Will Steger Anniversary
This week all eight of the explorers on 1986 Steger expedition held a 25 Year Reunion. Our intrepid David Gillette was there. [via TPT Almanac]