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Sir Hillary rips U.S. road to South Pole

Nov. 28, 2004 at 5:17 PM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Sir Edmund Hillary has said the road bring built by Americans across Antarctica is "terrible," the BBC reported Sunday.

The 85-year-old New Zealand mountaineer says the road, now half-finished, will ruin the journey to the South Pole.

"I'm very strongly opposed to it," Hillary told the Wellington, N.Z.-based Dominion Post newspaper. "I think they ought to continue using their aircraft as they have done for years and years."

The purpose of the 1,000-mile road is to link McMurdo Station on the Antarctic coast to the Amundsen-Scott base, freeing up ski-equipped supply planes for other missions.

Hillary also criticized Great Britain for neglecting the historic huts used by early explorers of Antarctica. The huts are being threatened by advancing glaciers.