Hillary and Armstrong at the North Pole

Peter Hillary, Sir Edmund Hillary, Mike Dunn, and Neil Armstrong.

Remember that time Sir Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong went to the North Pole? No? It sure sounds like a tall tale, but it happened in 1985. Professional expedition leader Mike Dunn offered to take them both out -and who'd pass up that kind of opportunity? Certainly not men who's already showed the world they were ready for anything!

Hillary, legendary for being the first to scale Mount Everest with teammate Tenzing Norgay, was on board, and Armstrong was, too, saying he was curious to see what the North Pole looked like from ground level, as he'd only seen it from the moon. Astronaut problems.

The party also included Steve Fosset — the first man to fly a balloon around the world — and Patrick Morrow — the first person to climb the highest peaks of all seven continents.

But after they stood at the pole, they were caught by bad weather on the way back and had to camp for three days. That's when several of the most accomplished men in the world had a chance to really tell some stories. Read more about the expedition at Atlas Obscura. Link


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