In January 1993, Ann Bancroft became the first woman to reach both the North and South poles. In 1986, she became the first woman in history to cross the ice to the North Pole, traveling 1,000 miles by dogsled from Canada’s Northwest Territories. She loved it. Ann Bancroft is a famous polar explorer who has gone on adventures from Antarctica to the North Pole. She got a degree in physical education from the University of Oregon. In 1986, 31-year-old Ann Bancroft became the first woman ever to travel over 1000 miles across Canada’s Northwest territories to reach the North Pole. For those young fans and for the millions of children yet to be touched by this amazing story, Ann and Liv Cross Antarctica chronicles the historic journey in words and beautiful oil illustrations. Ann Bancroft, 62, was the first woman to cross Arctic ice to the North Pole, the first woman to reach the South Pole, the leader of the first American women’s east-west crossing of Greenland, the leader of the first all-female expedition to the South Pole, and with Norwegian explorer Liv Arnesen, was the first woman to ski across Antarctica. Bancroft, 64, of Sunfish Lake was the first woman to reach both the North Pole and the South Pole. The 2,400-mile trip began on November 13, 2000. She and Norwegian explorer Liv Arnesen then set an international record as the first women to sail and ski across Antarctica. American explorer Ann Bancroft (pictured left) was the first woman to traverse both polar ice caps and reach the North and South Poles. She attended the schools St. Paul Academy and Henrey Sibley High. For 56 days, she traveled with five other men on foot and by dogsled in temperatures averaging thirty degrees below zero. bancroft arnesen antarctic expedition 2000-2001 "Your Expedition" trekkers Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen reached the South Geographic Pole in the early hours (4am) of 16 January 2001 after a sixty-three day, 1,800 km journey from 'Blue 1' in Dronning Maud Land. She was born in Mendota Heights, Minnesota in 1955. Ann Bancroft’s life is distinguished by the number of firsts she has achieved. Arneson and Bancroft hope to become the first women to cross Antarctica. Those are the words of Liv Arneson and Ann Bancroft, two women working to fulfill a dream -- and they have decided to take students all over the world along with them. In January 1993, after skiing more than 600 miles to the South Pole, Ann made history as the first woman to reach both poles. 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