Think south: The crossing of Antarctica

Think South: The crossing of Antarctica

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- What does it take to move 40 dogs, three sleds, 20 tons of food and gear, and six men from all over the world across nearly 4,000 of the coldest miles on earth?

Cathy de Moll, the executive director of the 1990 International Trans-Antarctica Expedition, has written a book called, "Think South: How We Got Six Men and 40 Dogs Across Antarctica."

She joined KARE 11 News @ 4 to talk more about the adventure.

In the book, Moll introduces the wild cast of characters who made it happen, on the ice and off: leaders Will Steger and Jean-Louis Etienne, who first met accidentally, on the way to the North Pole; Valery Skatchkov, the Soviet bureaucrat who supplied a "hot" Russian airplane; Yasue Okimoto, who couldn't bear to leave headquarters in Minnesota while her boyfriend was on the ice; Qin Dahe, the Chinese member of the team, who didn't know how to ski; the millions of children who followed the expedition in schools around the world, learning about the fragility and ferocity of the seventh continent; and many others.

Will Steger wrote the forward to the book, and he will join Cathy at next Tuesday's book launch for the book at the Talk of the Stacks, hosted by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library at the Minneapolis Central Library on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.

The book is $24.95 and can be ordered from the Minnesota Historical Society Press.


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