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SKI TREKKERS AT SOUTH POLE AFTER 875-MILE ORDEAL

Hauling 395-pound sleds, Peter Hillary, son of Mount Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary, reached the South Pole with two other ski trekkers Tuesday after a journey beset by problems.

Hillary and his father, who was part of a trans-Antarctica expedition in the 1950s, are the first father and son to reach the bottom of the world.

The New Zealander and his two Australian companions had hoped to ski trek from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole and return without outside support.

That goal was abandoned two weeks ago, after howling winds, blinding blizzards, daunting cold, illness and frostbite delayed their journey so often that the three had to receive food from a helicopter from the U.S. base.

The team trekked more than 875 miles.

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