Profile: Aaron Doering
Explorer, Teacher, Author
With a passion for the Arctic, the environment, and education, Aaron Doering has more than a decade and thousands of miles of experience dogsledding and skiing the circumpolar Arctic while educating students around the world online. Since 2004 he has completed three-week to six-month-long Arctic expeditions at least annually, including in Canada, Russia, Alaska, Fennoscandia, and Greenland. An associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Doering is a laureate of the prestigious humanitarian Tech Awards, and a fellow for the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment. He also holds the Bonnie Westby Huebner Endowed Chair in Education and Technology, and is co-director of the Learning Technologies Media Lab. A published author and frequently sought-after speaker worldwide, Doering is an adventure learning pioneer who has engaged, motivated, and inspired students, teachers, and the general public around the globe through his adventures, online projects, writing, and recent TED talk.
NoteStreams By Aaron Doering
The air temperature hovers around -30F, but, burrowed within two sleeping bags, I stay warm for the moment, thinking through the day ahead and the challenges of the uphill route that faces my team as we move toward the high point of the pass through which we’re traveling. We are halfway into a ten-day pulking expedition through Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island in Nunavut, Canada. More than 60 miles of Arctic wilderness stretches ahead and behind us to reach the nearest communities of Qikiqtarjuaq and Pangnirtung.