Will Steger

Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

A formidable voice calling for understanding and the preservation of the polar regions and the Earth, Will Steger is best known for his legendary polar explorations. He has traveled tens of thousands of miles by kayak and dogsled over 50 years, leading teams on some of the most significant polar expeditions in history.

He led 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) in 1988; and led the first dogsled traverse of Antarctica (the historic seven-month, 3,741-mile International Trans-Antarctica Expedition) in 1989-90.

With his ability to blend extreme exploration and cutting-edge technology, Will pioneered online education, reaching more than 20 million students via online daily journals and even delivering the first ever transmission of digital photography from the North Pole.

In 1995 Steger was awarded the National Geographic Society’s prestigious John Oliver La Gorce Medal for “Accomplishments in Geographic Exploration, in the Sciences, and Public Service to Advance International Understanding.” In 1996 he became the National Geographic Society’s first Explorer-in-Residence. And in 1997, he was honored with the Explorers Club’s Finn Ronne Memorial Award. Will is the author of four books: Crossing Antarctica, Over the Top of the World, North to the Pole and Saving the Earth.

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  • Dec 16, 2018

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