Monday, May 25, 2009

Hillary's Historic Hut Burns to Ground

An A-frame "hut" in Antarctica which is said to have been favored by famed explorer, Sir Edmund Hillary, caught fire when the heater was routinely relighted. "Fire is the biggest hazard in Antarctica," one official said. The conditions were so dry, witnesses marveled over the fact that no one was injured.

The structure was discarded by we Americans and quickly appropriated by New Zealanders, who used it as both a training facility and retreat. In its 38 year history, it housed Prime Ministers and adventurers, poets and politicians, and became an "icon" of the New Zealand Antarctica program.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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