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Boston woman tackling peaks at a record pace

On April 9, Vanessa O’Brien will set off for one of the most inhospitable landscapes on the planet, the North Pole. Frigid, shifting ice floes will make for brutal conditions. Temperatures may plunge to minus 30 to minus 45 degrees, cold enough to freeze exposed skin in under a minute.

O’Brien, 48, of Boston, won’t have much time to get there.

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