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; an approximate 1,240-mile (1,996-km) ski and ski-sail crossing of the mostly frozen Arctic Ocean. The journey was an attempt to traverse across the Arctic Ocean during the Arctic’s “spring” season. They planned to begin the journey in late February 2005 in Cape Arktichesky on Severnaya Zemlya in Russia, to cross over the geographic North Pole, and end at Ward Hunt Island, Canada in early June. Read more