Shirley Metz

Cofounder

Shirley is a modern-day adventurer and explorer. In 1989 she became the first woman, and one of the first Americans in history, to ski overland to the South Pole, a journey of over 800 miles. She has been listed in the Guinness Book of Records, and in 1989 the Soviet minister of polar research and exploration bestowed his country's prestigious Polar Award upon Shirley, the only woman to receive this distinction. Shirley is a cofounder of Zegrahm Expeditions and a member of both The Explorers Club and the Society of Woman Geographers. She has returned to her favorite destination, Antarctica, more than 40 times and organized one South Polar expedition that resulted in the summiting of several theretofore unclimbed peaks. Her leadership qualities and calming composure in the face of adversity are attributes that have helped guide thousands of people around the globe. Shirley's photographs of the wilderness, wildlife, and culture of the many exotic areas that she has traveled to are used in publications worldwide. Devoted to conservation and forest stewardship, Shirley works with organizations focused in these areas.

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