National Geographic : 1995 Jul
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Television * EXPLORER, JULY 30, 9 P.M . ET Defying the Odds in Pursuit of a Dream THREE DAYS SHORT of his 89th birthday Norman D. Vaughan reached his peak-the summit of a 10,302-foot mountain bear ing his name in Antarctica's Queen Maud range, 280 miles from the South Pole. He and his wife, Carolyn Muegge-Vaughan (below right), carried a message for all ages: "Dream big, and dare to fail." EXPLORER's "Height of Courage: The Norman Vaughan Story" chronicles a man's deter mination to return to the bot tom of the world and climb to the top of his mountain. "So far as I know," says Vaughan, "I'm the only person in the world to have a mountain named for him, then to climb it." As a young Harvard dropout Vaughan volunteered to handle the sled dogs on Adm. Richard E. Byrd's 1928-1930 Antarctic expedition-the first to fly over the South Pole. Byrd called Vaughan (top, at far right) and two fellow dogsled drivers the "three musketeers" and named untrodden peaks near the Ross Ice Shelf after each. On the ascent of Mount Vaughan the onetime driver car ried in his backpack a stuffed toy dog-a tribute to sled dogs past and present. To aid Vaughan, who has a fused ankle and an artificial knee, profes sional climbers hacked over 7,000 stairsteps in the ice, often on slopes of 30 to 40 degrees. As they neared the summit, Vaughan forged ahead. "I could see Amundsen and Scott Gla ciers and all the way to the polar plateau. In every way the sight lived up to my dreams of the past 65 years." * PROGRAM GUIDE National Geographic Specials NBC. See local listings. National Geographic EXPLORER TBS. Sunday, 9 p.m. ET July 2: "Lions of Darkness, Part 1"; "Ndoki Adventure" July 9: "Lions of Darkness, Part 2"; "Mr. Mummy" July 16: "Photographer Annie Griffiths Belt" NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, JULY 1995 July 23: "Disaster!"; "Play: The Nature of the Game" July 30: "Height of Courage: The Norman Vaughan Story"; "The Eagle and the Snake" National Geographic Videos and Kids Videos Call 1-800-343-6610. Next Month on EXPLORER "Smoke Jumpers" premieres Aug. 27.