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Explorers Give Up Glory to Do What's Right

Trying to become the first women to cross the Arctic Ocean by skiing and swimming, Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen endured the following conditions:

The sun shines a scant few hours a day; temperatures routinely drop below -75 degrees; the ice under their tent creaks and shifts with the currents of the ocean beneath it; when they travel, that ice can open into wide cracks, which the two must swim across in cumbersome dry suits while towing 250-pound sleds. They pack a .44 magnum revolver to guard against ...

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