Born Aug. 27, 1944, in Mahtomedi, the second of Bill and Margaret Steger's nine children.
Moved with his family to Richfield in 1950, and graduated in 1962 from Benilde High School, now called Benilde-St. Margaret's.
He wrestled in college before graduating from the College of St. Thomas (now the University of St. Thomas) with degrees in geology and biology. Later, he earned a master's degree in education there.
He helps design and develop winter outdoor clothing for Gander Mountain
His most expensive car is the Toyota wagon he currently drives, which he bought for $1,500.
In 1965, he made the first ascent in the Peruvian Andes higher than 20,000 feet.
In 1986, he led first confirmed unsupported dog sled trip to North Pole (no re-supply on the route).
In 1990, he completed the first dog-sled crossing, ocean to ocean, of Antarctica, covering 3,700 miles. It took seven months.
In 1995, he crossed the frozen Arctic Ocean, traveling from Russia to northern Canada by dog sled. On one of his Arctic trips, he was briefly stalked by a polar bear.
In 1995, he was awarded the National Geographic Society's John Oliver La Gorce Medal for accomplishment in exploration. Other recipients include Amelia Earhart, Robert Peary and Jacques Cousteau.