Ann Bancroft (1955- )
Bancroft became the first woman to trek to the North Pole in the 1986 Steger Expedition. In the process, she battled wolves, frigid water, freezing temperatures, and a windchill factor near one-hundred degrees below zero. She didnít rest on her laurels long, however, Bancroft next assembled the American Womenís Expedition (AWE) to Antarctica. Bancroft and her three teammates reached the South Pole after sixty-seven days of battling the fierce Antarctic winds and arrived on January 14, 1993. The second feat of daring secured Bancroft as the first woman in history to trek to both Poles.