Finbar hood used by Ann Bancroft

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Finbar hood used by Ann Bancroft

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 14, 2019

On this day in 1993 Ann Bancroft reached the South Pole by skis, becoming the first woman to travel overland to both the North and South Poles. She led the American Women's Expedition on a sixty-seven-day trek during which the four women cover 660 miles on skis.This Finbar hood was used on that trip.