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Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara

Each year, an extraordinary woman is chosen to be the keynote speaker at the One Hundred Committee Scholarship Luncheon to benefit Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara. Liv Arnesen is the choice for this year’s event on May 31 at the home and gardens of Ginni and Chad Dreier. Liv was first introduced to the […]

Ann Bancroft: Encourage Her Courage

My first adventures were simple ones. We lived in a rural setting, so I’d just escape out the back door. There was plenty of space around, so every day was a great adventure. In fact, those early explorations were the bedrock for fortifying my dreams. They allowed me to play-act, and more practically, to learn […]

International Women’s Day

The team at Bancroft Arnesen Explore is passionate about inspiring women and girls to follow their dreams. We congratulate women worldwide on following and achieving their dreams. International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, […]

Dayton Daily News

An interview with Ann in the Dayton Daily News by former CNN anchor and news reporter Daryn Kagan. You can read the whole article by accessing this link: “Antarctic skiers offer lesson in ways to keep positive attitude”

Support Girls on Ice

Girls on Ice is a unique, FREE, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year a team of 9 teenage girls and 3 instructors spend 11 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and alpine landscapes through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists and mountaineers. The 2011 Expedition will take place July 25 to […]

Customer Driven Project – NTNU

Last Thursday marked the end of this autumn’s collaborative work with a group of students at the NTNU Department of Computer and Information Science. The aim was to give students practical experience in carrying out all phases of a large customer driven IS/IT project, and the group was tasked with creating a prototype for a […]

Ann & Liv in New York

As luminaries of the WINGS Polar, Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen have been invited to share their experiences in the Antarctic in a special presentation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The event is part of an ongoing exhibition chronicling the 1911 – 1912 quest for the South Pole. The exhibition […]

Taupo Times: Women Trek to the Pole

WOMEN TREK TO POLE (Taupo Times, Friday August 27, 2010) You know you are part of something big when Uma Thurman is an ambassador and Unesco is a patron for the project. Turangi woman Lisa Kanawa has been chosen as the Oceania representative on an all-female expedition with the project called Global Classroom 2011. In commemoration […]

Lisa at the Tough Gal 2010

On the 18th July myself and a few friends in New Zealand challenged ourselves to do the Waikato Draught Tough Guy and Gal Challenge. The event was for the first time held at Linton Army Camp about 3 hours south of where I live in Turangi, New Zealand. The events are open to both male […]

New partner: UNESCO

We are proud to announce the patronage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, for our 2011 Antarctica expedition. In commemoration of Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen, Bancroft Arnesen Explore will retrace the footsteps of pioneer Roald Amundsen to the South Pole, 100 years after his arrival. Water – access to fresh […]

Welcome to our new website

We have now relaunched the home of Bancroft Arnesen Explore with a new website, new logo and a new expedition. If you had not noticed, things have changed a bit. A number of pages are still work in progress – come back frequently as more content about our activities and the coming expedition becomes available. […]

Current partners

The following is a list of organizations and institutions we have teamed up with for the coming expedition Mountain Hardware Innovation Norway Grand Hotel, Norway DLA Piper Norway The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Norwegian Ministry of Environment The Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry Finse1222 Åsnes Ski Alfa Ski Boots Noregn AS X-lence […]

Arctic Ocean 2005

In February 2001, world-class polar explorers and former schoolteachers Ann Bancroft (48, Scandia, Minn.) and Liv Arnesen (50, Oslo, Norway) captivated millions of people worldwide as they fulfilled their childhood dream and became the first women to ski across Antarctica. On March 11, 2005 Bancroft and Arnesen set out to attempt another first for women; […]

Kim visits Norway

My journey to Norway began on Tuesday, 23 February. I was excited. I was anxious. I did not know what to expect. I knew I would be the youngest and most inexperienced team member. But I enjoy being in a different country, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures. So I quickly forgot about the […]

The Liv Arnesen Foundation

The Liv Arnesen Foundation is a non-profit organization, formed to increase awareness about the environment and the importance of cross-cultural communication. The Foundation aims at using international media publicity surrounding its expeditions to further promote its charitable interests. As a former schoolteacher, Liv Arnesen was inspired by the work of polar explorer, scientist and humanist […]

Bancroft Arnesen travel in the footsteps of Amundsen

Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first man to reach the South Pole with an international expedition of women. Both will return to Antarctica in 2011, compelled by global challenges and the access they have to millions of schoolchildren around the world thanks to past expeditions. Commemorating Roald Amundsen’s […]

Arctic Ocean 2007

EMBARKS ON ARCTIC WARMING 2007 A Call to Action. For more than 20 years, world-renowned polar explorers and educators , Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen have made history and inspired millions skiing and ski-sailing over ice in the extreme cold of the Arctic and Antarctic regions. But March, 2007, they set out on a new […]

Equipment on the ice

Equipment by the Sledge Load For Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, deciding what to pack for their 100-day journey was tough enough. But fitting their food, gear, health supplies and technological equipment in a sled that could weigh no more than 250 lbs (113 kg) was downright perplexing! The explorers were forced to get creative […]

Health on the ice

Healthy and Prepared Let’s Get Physical Imagine skiing 2,400 miles (3,850 km) across the icy peaks and valleys of a vast, frozen continent while pulling a 250-pound (113-kg) sled in temperatures averaging -30 degrees Fahrenheit (-34 degrees Celsius). This isn’t your typical workout. Not surprisingly, preparing for such an unusual adventure requires an intense training […]

Technology on the ice

Ann and Liv used a variety of technologies to assist them in their effort to cross Antarctica. The technology that the two explorers used falls under three general categories. Click on a technology category to find out how Liv and Ann used technology during these Expedition. * Communication * Navigation * Computing Communication Ann and […]

Clothes on the ice

Outfitted for Success! The demands of physical exertion, below freezing temperatures and extreme wind gusts are enough to stretch the limits of any high-tech fabrics. And while Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen were not attempting to make a fashion statement while on the ice, they needed to be outfitted for success. Head to Toe Coverage […]

Food on the ice

How Much of What is Enough? Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen were the master chefs at their own “Antarctic Diner” — where winds blew at 100 mph (160 km per hour), temperatures were cooler than a refrigerator’s freezer and melting ice to its liquid state was a daily chore. To maintain high energy levels and […]

Finse, Norway

Where is Finse, Norway??? For the past year and a half Ann and Liv have been using the area around Finse, Norway for their training grounds…but where the heck is it? Finse is the name of the highest railway station on the railway line connecting Bergen and Oslo. Finse isn’t a city – it’s made […]

Quotes and testimonials

What Liv and Ann are saying: “When some people hit a wall, they go into a depression. I change the focus; I think I can do it another way. If you don’t try, you can never go forward.” Liv Arnesen, Oprah Magazine, September 2001 on what keeps powerhouses going… “A life lesson for me is, […]

Liv's teachings

Liv (pronounced ‘leave’) Arnesen is a highly sought-after motivational speaker among corporations, schools and non-profit organizations. Through her diverse roles as a polar explorer, educator and motivational leader, Liv ignites passion in others to reach beyond their normal boundaries and achieve their dreams by sharing her own stories about exploring some of the most remote […]

Liv Arnesen

Liv (pronounced ´leave´) Arnesen´s rich life experiences, both on and off the ice, have made her an internationally recognized leader and role model for women and girls. A self-proclaimed´keen´ but not fanatical outdoors enthusiast, Arnesen is most interested in the development of adults and children. Through her diverse roles as a polar explorer, educator and […]

Ann's teachings

As the first woman to cross the ice to both the North and South Poles, Ann Bancroft leads audiences of all ages on a variety of historic journeys with interpersonal stories of leadership and adventure combined with historic film and still imagery. Whether Ann is sharing stories from the recent Bancroft Arnesen Expedition – a […]

Ann Bancroft

Ann Bancroft is one of the world´s preeminent polar explorers and an internationally recognized leader who is dedicated to inspiring women,girls and audiences around the world to unleash the power of their dreams. Through her various roles as an explorer, educator and sought-after speaker, Bancroft believes that by sharing stories related to her dreams of […]

Ann in her own words

When I was about 12 years old I found a book on my parents book shelf. The name of the book was Endurance by Alfred Lansing. What drew me to the pages of an adult book as a poor reader was the photographs. I was so fascinated by the images that I no longer was […]

Liv in her own words

Since I was a kid and went with my parents and brother on winter and Easter holidays in the Norwegian mountains; I have loved the open white landscape, the changing weather and light. My longing for Antarctica started for real when I started to read books about the old explorers like Amundsen, Shackleton and Mawson. […]