Doug Stoup walked 673 miles across the Antarctic just to show up Ernest Shackleton, who probably shook a skeleton fist from his grave in nearby South Georgia. Naturally, Stoup is a world-class, no-BS polar explorer, but so was Shackleton, and he didn't complete his famous attempted Trans-Antarctic crossing in 1915, see feature film The Endurance. What differentiates these two obsessed men? Technology? Strategy? Determination? Ask Stoup yourself at Expedition: South Pole, a talk during which he'll tell all about ice, snow, crevasses, -40 degree temperatures, and 100-knot wind.
Wed., Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m., 2008