Sir Edmund Hillary is our Borderline Blog For Boys Hall-of-Famer for today. He’d already whizzed on Mount Everest, and decided to make yellow snow on a flatter landscape.
The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition is so incredibly badass by today’s standards. Financed by public subscriptions, it was only the third time people had made it to the pole, the first to get there in motorized vehicles, and the first to make it entirely across Antarctica via the pole.They’re all dressed like Ralphie’s little brother in A Christmas Story and using equipment that would be considered unsuitable for clearing a ski resort parking lot nowadays.
I’m fairly sure Sir Edmund Hillary didn’t wear spangled leotards and helmet to pedal a bicycle in his neighborhood. Just a guess.