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Super Seniors: Lyndy Burdet and Heinz Fischer

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LYNDONVILLE, Vt. -

Lyndy Burdet and Heinz Fischer are taking advantage of the final days of cross-country skiing.

"That sun makes it feel so good," Lyndy said.

It's rare for the Lyndonville couple not to be outside.

"How nice to have that sun," Lyndy said.

Lyndy, who's 83, and Heinz, who's 86, have been a married team for 37 years.

"Yeah, we are a good team," Heinz said.

"We are very lucky that we like the same things," Lyndy agreed.

Lyndy's motto: Every day's a blessing. Most of her college class has passed away.

"Just makes you realize how short life is and there's so much out there that you don't want to miss," she said.

Lyndy was 45 when she climbed Mount McKinley in Alaska, one of the toughest mountains to climb in North America at an elevation of over 20,000 feet.

"I reached the summit on June 3rd, 1976," she said.

In the early 1950s, she spent her junior year of college in Switzerland. That's where she learned the craft of mountain climbing and she didn't come back to the United States for five years.

Reporter Joe Carroll: What did your father think of that?

Lyndy Burdet: He sent a detective to see what I was doing. He was afraid I was shacking up with some Italian lover and it wasn't true, I was skiing on the side of the mountains.

Lyndy's adventurous side is not confined to the ground. In the 1970s she would rent a plane in Southern Vermont, fly it up here to be with her son and that's where she met Heinz.

"I wanted to help that young lady with filling up the gas and so on," Heinz said. "That's the way it started."

Heinz, born in Germany, was an electrical engineer who came to Vermont for a job. He and Lyndy connected instantly because of their sense of adventure.

Heinz and Lyndy wanted to go to the North Pole. So, in April 2008 they took the trip of a lifetime.

"I can't believe this, what an experience, it's amazing," Lyndy said on their home video of the trip.

"See, Santa Claus should have been at the South Pole because the North Pole is all water and ice," Lyndy said.

The wind chill at the time was -45 degrees.

Their feat was one for the record books. They became the oldest couple to ski to the North Pole. Their names are in the Guinness Book of World Records.

"We just laughed," Heinz said. "We had no intention to be in the book; we didn't know about the book."

Heinz said, "We were standing on top of the world."

...And their game-- in Vermont and beyond.

"Oh, I hate to go inside!" Lyndy said.

And if they didn't have enough on their plate, they are known around the area as the balloon people," flying their craft around the Northeast Kingdom.

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