Written by Susan Schurke's husband, Paul Schurke. The story of Wintergreen Northern Wear's beginnings.
On March 7, 1986, the seven men and one woman of the Steger International Polar Expedition set out by dogsled to reach the North Pole. Like the explorers of the early twentieth century, they relied entirely on the supplies they brought with them, with no airlifts for new equipment, rested dogs, food, or fuel. The team members battled mountains of ice - and perhaps worse, open water between ice floes - for fifty-five difficult days. A thousand zigzag miles later, after enduring both -70 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures and the watery approach of deadly spring, six team members were the first to have completed, without dispute, this epic journey.
Their spectacular feat of daring, courage, and commitment was deemed by National Geographic to be a "landmark in polar exploration." The melting of the polar ice cap makes it unlikely that anyone will repeat their achievement.