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Local View: Expedition toward clean-energy future making progress

By Will Steger October 28, 2018 In 1995, I set out to cross the Arctic Ocean to Canada’s Ellesmere Island from Russia. Everything that could’ve gone wrong on that expedition did. In the first 24 hours, the dogs and sled broke through the ice. Luckily, the dogs saved the day. We ended up battling days […]

Antarctica Melting Fast

By Will Steger Letter to the Editor June 14, 2018 The alarm was sounded; sadly, we’re seeing it substantiated I was saddened but not surprised to see the June 14 article “Antarctica melting fast: Rate of ice loss triples, and window for action is short.” I’ve been sounding the alarm about the impacts of climate […]

Will Steger on his solo trip to Canada’s barren lands

Wilderness explorer Will Steger has seen sea ice in the Arctic vanish. He’s trekked across Antarctic ice sheets that have now disintegrated into the ocean. Now he’s back from a two-month solo journey into the Barren Lands in northern Canada. He joined MPR News chief meteorologist Paul Huttner to talk about what he observed and learned on […]

Will Steger heads to Canadian Arctic for latest adventure

By Cathy Wurzer March 19, 2018 Explorer Will Steger has been pretty busy lately planning his next adventure, which starts later this week. Steger, from Ely, Minn., became famous leading dogsled expeditions to the North Pole and across Greenland and Antarctica. On those journeys he led a team of explorers, but on this one, Steger […]

‘This pushes all my skills’: Steger to make 1,000-mile solo trek in Canada’s barrenlands

By Sam Cook March 18, 2018 When Will Steger goes on spring break, he knows how to avoid crowds. He heads in a familiar direction — North. Ely’s Steger, who has led successful dogsled expeditions to the North Pole and across Antarctica, will leave northern Saskatchewan on Wednesday for a 1,000-mile solo trek across Canada’s […]

From extra socks to satellite phones, a look at Will Steger’s gear list

By Scott Stowell March 1, 2018 Will Steger’s strategy for success begins with organizing his Canadian Arctic expedition in meticulous detail, especially regarding equipment weight. His handwritten checklist (shown) is from two of his journal entries for his upcoming solo. The list offers a glimpse of just the gear he’ll take. Items range in size […]