Pair Become First to Walk Unaided to North Pole

<i> Reuters</i>

Two Norwegians became the first people to walk unaided to the North Pole after completing a 500-mile trek over Arctic ice from Canada, an expedition spokesman said Sunday.

At least 13 previous attempts to reach the pole without help from dogs, ponies, snowmobiles or aircraft have failed.

“Erling Kagge and Boerge Ousland radioed that they had reached the pole late on Saturday,” spokesman Trond Skaare said. The two, both 27, were to be picked up by a Canadian plane, probably today.

The expedition began March 8. The men, walking on skis, had to move away from the pole Sunday as the ice seemed unsafe, he said.