79-year-old is first African American woman to reach both Poles

79-year-old is first African American woman to reach both Poles

A 79-year-old from New York has become the first African American woman on record to reach both the North Pole and the South Pole. Retired nurse Barbara Hillary took up skiing in her 70s made it to the North Pole aged 75 and has just returned from a trip to the South...
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – The Barbara Hillary Story

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – The Barbara Hillary Story

I stumbled across this video of the fabulous Barbara Hillary a couple years back and revisited it today.  As a relationship coach, I meet many women who don’t think they could go across town alone.  Some will call their mothers for something as simple as breaking a...
What It Takes to Get There

What It Takes to Get There

An Interview with Barbara Hillary By Laura Kay This interview was conducted on June 17, 2008. How did you get interested in going to the North Pole? After retiring I started to look around for something of interest to do, something recreational but also...
Cancer survivor, 75, skis to North Pole

Cancer survivor, 75, skis to North Pole

  The bone-numbing trek to the North Pole is riddled with enough perils to make a seasoned explorer quake: Frostbite threatens, polar bears loom and the ice is constantly shifting beneath frozen feet. But Barbara Hillary took it all in stride, completing the trek...
BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICA: BARBARA HILLARY

BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICA: BARBARA HILLARY

She survived a battle with lung cancer. She made it all the way to the Top of the World. She even went all the way down to the Bottom of the World. Her name is Barbara Hillary. At the age of 75, Ms. Hillary (b. 1932 – ) became the oldest and  first Black American...
Lung cancer survivor achieves her North Pole dreams.

Lung cancer survivor achieves her North Pole dreams.

Barbara Hillary walks with a slight limp and reluctantly carries a cane – a stress fracture from training for her latest, top-secret adventure. “Let’s just say I’ll be setting another world record,” the 76-year-old lung cancer survivor said with a smile, adding that...