Think South: How We Got Six Men and Forty Dogs Across Antarctica

Chapter 12: The Children

Children's marching bands accompanied the Trans-Antarctica Expedition events throughout China, May 1990. Photo: Cathy de Moll

“Will, listen to me. The kids were overwhelmingly supportive.” I told him about their amazing letters and pictures. One had written, ”I cried when I heard that Tim had died. He was my favorite. It must be hard to imagine finishing the expedition without him.” Another sent words of encouragement: “One time I had a dog who died, so I know how much it hurts. I know that it might even make you give up. But you have to find the courage to keep going. Please. I know you can do it.” Tim’s death was a learning experience for the kids, I assured him. Will quickly brushed away the tears.


Article: Chicago Tribune article about students meeting Geoff Somers following the expedition, September 1990.

Website: Climate Generation, formerly the Will Steger Foundation

Video: Cool “mash-up” video from the Will Steger Foundation

Website: Dan Buettner's Blue Zones

Website: Center for Global Environmental Education at Hamline University, founded by Will Steger and Jennifer Gasperini

FaceBook Community: Polar Educators International

FaceBook Community: Antarctica Day FaceBook page, teachers share their students' study of Antarctica.

Educational materials: Classroom Antarctica, materials developed by the Australian Antarctic Division.

Educational materials: Teaching materials from the US Antarctic Program.

Educational materials: Discovering Antarctica, from the British Antarctic Survey.