The author of several other books, Steele has received several international awards for his book on Arctic explorations. Peter Steele and his family have lived in Whitehorse since 1975. A British-born and trained plastic surgeon and ophthalmologist, Steele has lived, travelled and worked throughout the world, including such places as Bhutan, the Sahara and Katmandu. He was chief medical officer of the Grenfell Medical Service in Labrador. He served as team doctor to the international 1971 Everest expedition.