I had no doubts I could go to the pole. I may not be as strong, but I make up for physical strength in other areas, like steadiness and not panicking under stress.
To push behind the dog sled and run in front of the dog sled. That was always an interesting job.
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For me, the greatest obstacles are never on the ice itself. That’s the area I excel in. That’s where my passion is. I think we all strive to push ourselves, to overcome our struggles. And when we do, we get to know ourselves better.
And then there’s also this element of – some people would describe it as spirits or a presence that appears when things are very difficult, physically and emotionally. You know, when you’re really putting out. So the third man aura is sort of an appearance. It’s the yeti.
|Birth:||29th September, 1955|
|Profession:||Author, Explorer, Teacher|
Ann Bancroft grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She described her family as one of risk takers. It is reported that she struggled with a learning disability, but nevertheless graduated from St. Paul Academy and Summit School. Bancroft was a camper and staff member at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan. Bancroft became a wilderness instructor and a gym teacher in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
She gave up her teaching post in 1986 in order to participate with the "Will Steger International North Pole Expedition". She arrived at the North Pole together with five other team members after 56 days using dogsleds. This made Bancroft the first woman to reach the North Pole on foot and by sled. She was also the first woman to cross both polar ice caps to reach the North and South Poles, as well as the first woman to ski across Greenland. In 1993 Bancroft led a four-woman expedition to the South Pole on skis; this expedition was the first all-female expedition to cross the ice to the South Pole. In 2001, Ann and Norwegian adventurer Liv Arnesen became the first women to ski across Antarctica.
Bancroft also received a number of other awards and honors. She is an out lesbian and in 2006, she publicly campaigned against a proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution to prohibit any legal recognition of marriages or civil unions between members of the same sex.
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