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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — From growing up in Harlem to making history by exploring some of the farthest reaches of our globe, it appears nothing will stop 82-year-old Barbara Hillary.
Larry’s Blog: Adventurer Barbara Hillary
Hillary is the first known African-American woman to reach the North Pole (2007) and the South Pole (2011).
She says following her retirement, she was inspired to become adventurous after seeing an ad for photographing polar bears in Churchill, Canada. “And I said ‘ah ha, now that sounds exciting.'”
Hillary said it was on that trip that she fell in love with “the beauty of the North” and with the people “who did things a little out of the ordinary.”
This adventurer is also a survivor, having battled breast cancer and lung cancer. Hillary said part of the negative comments she received in her pursuit of reaching the North Pole were about her limitations due to cancer.