After the expedition returned home, Cooper embarked on a startling new adventure. Accused of leading a massive drug smuggling operation known as “the Marijuana Air Force,” he was named one of America’s Ten Most Wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service. But the wily outdoorsman was never caught. He refused to surrender to the law, just as he’d refused to surrender to the Arctic. Even today, his whereabouts remain a mystery.
Week six of Zinema 2's "Explorers Club" features this documentary on the strange but true story of Willow River's "Wild" Bill Cooper, who led a ragtag crew of mechanics, ranchers and photographers on a grueling snowmobile expedition in 1972 and '73, attempting to ride from Minnesota to Moscow.