75-year-old cancer survivor skis to North Pole

If I’m going to the North Pole, why the hell do I need a senior center?

Barbara Hillary made it all the way.

Read the story by MEGHAN BARR | Associated Press, May 6, 2007

Barbara Hillary at North Pole click photo to read story


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  1. 1 vuee 2007 May 28 at 9:21 pm

    The New Yorker has a nice follow-up piece to their earlier story, | If I’m going to the North Pole, why the hell do I need a senior center? | with more about the training involved and the exhilaration of arrival.
    “She told me, “Part of you is saying, ‘I can’t believe I made it this far’; another part is saying, ‘Let this thing be over with’; another part, ‘Damn, it’s cold’; and another part, ‘The time is here. Can you rise to the occasion?’ All of that is compounded by the fact that the sun is shining at three-thirty in the morning. Talk about a head trip.” Swaddled in layers of long underwear, a red-and-black snowsuit, and a blue hooded shell, Hillary looked like a sumo wrestler on skis as she slogged across the desolate tundra. Pressure ridges—“incredibly beautiful ice sculpture made by nature”—yielded intermittent wonder, but, otherwise, the journey was as illimitable as the terrain. “It just seemed like I would never get there,” Hillary said. “I asked my guide, ‘When am I going to reach the North Pole?’ and he didn’t say anything—he just kept going and going.” After several hours, the guide stopped and turned to Hillary. “He said, ‘Barbara, you’re standing on top of the world,’ ” she recalled. “That’s when I went crazy!””
    http://www.newyorker.com/online/2007/05/28/070528on_onlineonly_collins/

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