The [tag]North Pole[/tag] trek, which [tag](Barbara) Hillary[/tag] intends to undertake with an outfit from Georgia called Eagles Cry Adventures, will require of its participants, once theyâ€™ve been deposited on a moving ice floe by an MI-8 helicopter, eight to ten hours of skiing on three consecutive days. To prepare, Hillary has been engaging in what she calls â€œpreventative maintenance.â€ She tried lugging a loaded-up plastic sled on the beach, but the sand shredded the bottom. Now she has settled on a regimen of increased vegetable consumption, vitamin intake, and treadmill-and-weight-lifting sessions at Cyberzone. (She used to box at a gym called Irish Ropes, but it closed.) She has been skiing at some slopes in New Jersey. There is nothing sheâ€™s afraid of, she said, except religious people.
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A fascinating piece from the May 10, 2007 issue of the [tag]New Yorker[/tag], “Talk of the Town” column.