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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Poles Apart


Explorers pay tribute to Sir Wally and his 'polar first'
By Ben Fenton
(Filed: 17/10/2006)

Britain's most distinguished explorers are to argue the case tomorrow for Sir Wally Herbert, the Yorkshire-born polar pioneer, to be recognised as the first man to reach the North Pole by muscle power alone.
They say Sir Wally's achievements have been hugely underestimated.
Record books currently show that Robert Peary, an American, was the first to reach 90 degrees North on April 6, 1909, but at a testimonial gala in honour of Sir Wally, 71, the explorers Pen Hadow and Robin Hanbury Tenison will argue that Peary missed his mark.
Many historians now agree that Peary may have only got within 100 miles of the Geographic North Pole, the point at which all the lines of longitude on the planet meet.
But nobody disputes that Sir Wally reached the Pole with his dog-teams on April 6, 1969, precisely 60 years later.
Daily Telegraph

3 Comments:

Blogger gazza27 said...

How does anyone know,you might go to Spain for the weak,come back and say I've just been the north pole?

1:15 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Not sure you get a sun-tan and a Sangria hangover at the North Pole - that's the giveaway! :)

12:30 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Actually, that's a good point - make sure you take a witness if you DO go to the North Pole.

(ps I'm not volunteering!)

12:31 PM  

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