Two Norwegian skiers reached the North Pole after a 500-mile trek that was the first without dogs, motorized vehicles or supplies delivered en route, news reports said Monday.
Erling Kagge, 28, and Boerge Ousland, 27, pulled their provisions on sleds weighing up to 264 pounds across the Arctic ice pack, newspapers said. They arrived at the North Pole on Saturday.None of at least 12 previous expeditions bound for the North Pole without dog sleds, snow vehicles or outside supplies covered more than 105 miles, the Norwegian new agency NTB reported.
The Norwegians trekked for 58 days to beat British, South Korean and Soviet teams also racing for the pole, NTB said.
"They went unbelievably fast," Geir Ramby, a third member of the Norwegian team, told the Verdens Gang newspaper. He was injured and flown out 10 days into the trek, which began March 8 on the ice pack north of Greenland.
Ramby was in Resolute Bay, Canada, when he received word of his colleagues' triumph after a U.S. military aircraft picked up their radio signal Saturday, the newspaper reported. He said a plane would fly in to pick them up as soon as possible, probably Monday.