Ann Bancroft - First Woman on North Pole and South Pole

Ann Bancroft (1955 - ) is a famous American adventurer, author, wilderness instructor and teacher who holds several world records in regard of polar exploration and adventures. Among many other achievements, she managed to become first woman who reach North Pole and South Pole on foot and sleds, and first woman who skied across Greenland and Antarctica.

Ann was born in the St. Paul, Minnesota on September 29, 1955 where he grew up. She fought with the learning disability from the early childhood, but she managed to graduate from St. Paul Academy and Summit School, after which she joined YMCA and started working as a wilderness instructor and gym teacher.

Her days of adventuring started at the age of 29 in 1986 when he joined and successfully finished "Will Steger International North Pole Expedition" by reaching North Pole by traveling 56 days using dogsleds or walking. With this journey she already became first woman who reached North Pole on sleds, but she did not wanted to stop. In the following years she went on many other journeys, reaching South Pole with dogsleds, skiing across Greenland, and in 1993 she even led the female party of five to the South Pole. 8 years later she and adventurer Liv Arnesen achieved first female ski crossing across Antarctica.

The latest adventure of Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen happened in 2006 when they attempted to sail across Arctic Ocean, but that expedition was canceled after their health and equipment concerns due sudden severe cold.

NameAnn Bancroft
BornSeptember 29, 1955
Place of BirthMendota Heights, Minnesota
Category (Occupation/Profession)Explorer, teacher, author
EducationUniversity of Oregon
Known ForFirst woman to trek to the North Pole
Famous Expedition(s)North Pole
AwardsNational Women's Hall of Fame for the United States
Expedition Partner(s)Liv Arnesen