By Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft
Da Capo Press, 2003. 253 pgs. Nonfiction
Liv and Ann grew up across the world from each other (Liv in Norway and Ann in the United States), but from childhood both had a fascination with Antarctica. In addition, they both grew up to be teachers and had a desire to teach kids about following their dreams. Although both had been to Antarctica previously on their own, they were excited to make a trek together after meeting one another. In 1994, Liv was the first woman to ski solo and unsupported to the South Pole. Ann was the first woman to cross the ice at both the North and South Poles.
In their expedition together, Liv and Ann were determined to be the first women to ski-sail across Antarctica. They spent years planning fort he trip and acquiring sponsors to be able to afford their adventure. They wrote a curriculum for students in grades K-12 to follow their trip. Although they faced hardships along the way, they successfully crossed the continent from November 2000-February 2001 via the Shackleton Glacier.
This was such an interesting story of determination and perseverance in realizing your dreams. Liv and Ann are currently planning another expedition with four other educators for November 2012. This expedition will be an 800mile, 80 day trip to the South Pole. You can follow these arctic explorers on their website, yourexpedition.com.