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Home >Meet Liv Arnesen

Liv Arnesen, Polar Explorer

Liv Arnesen, like Ann Bancroft- her teammate on their attempt to be the first women to traverse Antarctica - is uncomfortable with the concept of role model. She originally started exploring for herself, pursuing a personal dream. But when she began to gain recognition after her `94 trip to the South Pole the words "hero" and "role model" began popping up.

Arnesen did not let this pressure her into being someone she isn't. "If I was playing a role than I would maybe feel the pressure to fulfill my role, but I feel I am just the woman I am and I do my best and I do what I love to do," she says.

Though she may not feel comfortable with the term, she does not reject it. In an introduction to her 1995 book, Good Girls Do Not Ski to the South Pole, she wrote, "I hope that this ski tour to the South Pole may prove to others, especially girls, that most things are possible, even when they venture into strange arenas."

Arnesen tends to be shy around strangers, taking up a certain stoicism of a hardened mountain woman. She can be uncomfortable with her English and certainly doesn't suffer from a running of the mouth. But tucked in her aura is the certain natural confidence and aptitude of a leader. And when she does open up, she is at once insightful and down-to-earth, the kind of person who reminds you of your best friend who somehow has the all the right answers.

When Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft set off for Antarctic in November both will be faced with challenges as vast as the continent is icy. Is Arnesen nervous? "We're going to have to be very cautious every second," she says. "I think that is the most important thing for us; having the concentration, being in the moment."

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Days on the ice: 91
Position: 84.23S, 177.16W
Altitude: 184.0 ft
Temp: 14.0°F | -10.0°C
Distance: 1708.95 miles