Will Steger, arctic explorer, connects poles to the world

Will Steger began his career as a polar explorer by traveling unsupported thousands of kilometers across the polar regions by dog sled. Today’s explorers no longer have to head off alone into uncharted territory. In many ways, they can bring the modern world along with them, according to Steger.

Today’s explorers no longer have to head off alone into uncharted territory. In many ways, they can bring the ┬áthe environment that keeps him exploring – now, at the age of 63.

Will Steger: The internet totally changed my life. I would have been out of major expeditions 15 years ago.

Steger began his career as a polar explorer by traveling unsupported thousands of kilometers across the polar regions by dog sled. He predicts that within the next 10 years, it will be impossible to cross the poles on foot, due to the effects of climate change.

Will Steger: Every ice shelf I’ve been on is either collapsed or totally changed.

He told Earth & Sky that, despite the challenges, he’s excited about young people today. He said they’re more connected and aware of the world than past generations, which should give them a greater ability to bring about positive change.

Our thanks today to NASA, in celebration of the International Polar Year.

Our thanks to:
Will Steger
Polar explorer, writer, photographer
President, Will Steger Foundation

Lindsay Patterson