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Will Steger heads to Canadian Arctic for latest adventure

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Will Steger at his exhibit "Inside an Explorer's Mind: Survival, Innovation, Design" Sept. 30, 2013 at Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis.
Jennifer Simonson | MPR News 2013

Explorer Will Steger has been pretty busy lately planning his next adventure, which starts later this week. 

Steger, from Ely, Minn., became famous leading dogsled expeditions to the North Pole and across Greenland and Antarctica. On those journeys he led a team of explorers, but on this one, Steger will go it alone. He's looking forward to the solitude. 

Steger, 73, will be traveling with a canoe that he will sometimes pull and sometimes paddle, and about 70 pounds of gear — clothes, a satellite phone, journals, an emergency locator — and 90 pounds of food and fuel. 

Over the next couple of months he plans to ski, walk and canoe across a large area in the Barren Lands of the Canadian Arctic. It's a part of the world he has explored before but not at this time of year.