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Ann and Liv Airlifted From Ice
After two days stranded on an Antarctic ice shelf, Ann and Liv finally caught a helicopter ride to a ship waiting to help take them home Sunday.

Ann and Liv Halt the Expedition
With no wind and winter closing in, the explorers call for airplanes.

Let the Wind Blow
"If you've stopped your wind songs and wind dances, we really need them now."

The South Pole at Last!
Explorers Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen reach a milestone. They're two weeks behind schedule but preparing to finish their historic trek.

52: Pick Up!
52 days into their journey and severely delayed, Antarctic explorers Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen ask: When will the winds pick up?

Keep Tabs on your young Techies
Technology is part of the curriculum from kindergarten on. Whether or not you're tech-savvy, you still have to keep up with what your kids are doing.

The dollar dribble of Women's Sports
Explosive growth and interest helps make some sponsorship inroads for adventurers like Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen

Wear this winter right
For Ann and Liv, choosing the right winter clothes is the difference between life and death. For the rest of us, it's about looking cool and staying warm.

Train like a titan
Whether you're gearing up for a marathon or a monster hike, simulation is the key to meeting your most mythic fitness goals

The Girl Scouts' New Breed
Today's Scouts are doing far more than selling cookies. They're learning to set goals and follow their dreams all the way to Antarctica.

Singing Praise for the Unsung Heroes
Think skiing across a massive chunk of earth-ice for three months without an electric blanket or a bath is difficult? Take a glimpse behind the scenes and you'll find that the people who negotiated the logistics of the trip embarked on an equally harrowing journey.

Self Knowledge Fuels Expedition
What's your vision of the good life? For Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, it's trekking white-lipped across Antarctic icefall with the equivalent of a WWF wrestler strapped to each of their backs.

Meet Liv Arnesen
It would be easy to judge 47-year-old Liv Arnesen solely on her past accomplishments. Her hat contains many impressive feathers: first woman to ski solo to the South Pole, team leader of the first women's unsupported crossing of the Greenland Ice Cap, member of an Everest team. But if you don't look beyond what is so blatantly impressive about her, you'll miss some important things.

Meet Ann Bancroft
At first glance, 5-foot-3-inch Bancroft is not what you would expect in a hearty polar explorer. There is nothing outwardly outstanding about her: She is not a striking physical specimen like Liv, who is 5 feet 11 inches tall, and she doesn't have the huge personality of your typical high-profile adventurer. But like an iceberg, there is much more to Bancroft than meets the eye.

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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