Walt Pederson, one of the North Pole snowmobilers, dies at 88


Walt Pederson was one of the arctic explorers who traveled to the North Pole by snowmobile in the 1968 Plaisted Expedition.

The Duluth native died at age 88 on Friday, according to the St. Cloud Times.

Guinness World Records considers his expedition the earliest indisputable attainment of the North Pole by surface travel. It took them 42 days to travel 825 miles by snowmobile.

Pederson founded a Ski-Doo dealership in St. Cloud and was the mechanic of the group.

He first attempted to reach the North Pole with Ralph Plaisted in 1967, but they missed their goal by 800 miles, said the St. Cloud Times.

He published a children's book about the Plaisted Expedition a year later called The Adventures of Little Lady. (Little Lady was the name of his snowmobile.)

Pederson planned to lead an expedition to the South Pole in 1971, but it never happened, reported southpolestation.com.

Pederson was also a sailor, cowboy, racer, teacher, businessman, inventor, explorer, author, politician, entrepreneur, scientist, private eye, hero, friend, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, says his obituary.

Sony Pictures recently announced that they're making a movie about the 1968 Plaisted Expedition starring Will Ferrell, but have not set a release date yet.

A Service of Remembrance and Celebration will be held for Walt Pederson at Northern Lights, 10376 112th Ave. in Milaca on Friday, April 29 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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