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

Chapter 3: Jack

Jack’s laughter was infectious, his air of naïve enthusiasm captivating. Jean-Louis, the sophisticated Frenchman, stared at him across the table, a mixture of disbelief and admiration on his face, his jaw slightly slackened. He would go home to Paris and report that we had a tiger by the tail, “a typical American businessman,” he would laugh, describing for his staff this man who, for me, was a complete American maverick.


Article: "Pitching the Big Trip," New York Times article about Trans-Antarctica fund-raising, written in June 1988 as the Greenland training got underway and before Gore-Tex became the expedition's lead sponsor.

"Even Dogs Have to Go to School," KNT syndicated article about dog training and fund raising before Trans-Antarctica's Greenland training expedition, March 1988.

Article: ABC Sports announces coverage of Trans-Antarctica, Chicago Tribune.

Article: The Trans-Antarctica clothing, a description of how the expedition’s clothes were made, by designer Mark Erickson, formerly of The North Face. 

Article: Intro to a Gore case study, describing Jack's arrival at W. L. Gore from the Aspen Institute Center for Business Study

Wikipedia: Profile of the unique corporate culture at W. L. Gore and Associates (Gore-Tex)

Website: The technology behind Gore-Tex fabric.

Article: Sir Ernest Shackleton pitches a donor by drawing a map

Article: How cold is it? From the BBC: How to survive in the coldest place on earth

The expedition's Gore-Tex clothing, designed by Mark Erickson and Will Steger and furnished by The North Face, needed to protect the team from windchill as low as -100 F, keeping them warm both as they skied and as they stopped for lunch. ©Trans-Antarctica-Per Breiehagen