Young Jade Hameister breaks yet another icy record
SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Jade Hameister has set five new records after successfully completing her epic 1,300km, 37 day journey along the Amundsen Coast to the South Pole yesterday.
Jade is now officially the youngest person and first Australian woman to ski from the coast to the South Pole (unsupported and unassisted) and the first woman to set a new route through the Transantarctic Mountain Range.
In April 2016, Jade completed a record-breaking ski to the North Pole for which she was named the Australian Geographic Society’s Young Adventurer of the Year.
Then in August 2017, she became the youngest woman to cross Greenland. With the completion of her South Pole adventure, Jade is now the youngest person to ski to both Poles and the youngest person to complete the Polar Hat Trick, a dream of hers for some time.
According top Jade’s guide, Eric Phillips this was the toughest trip in terms of weather conditions in his 25 years of polar guiding.
“The wind and extreme cold was relentless and brutal. So many stories, so many memories. I cannot thank the incredibly fun team I shared this journey with enough and everyone back home for your support. Here’s to a hot shower and some real food,” Jade wrote on Instagram.
Her message to other young women dreaming of adventure is: “We need to shift our focus from how we appear to exploring the possibilities of what we can do. Don’t wait until you think you can do something perfectly. Just get started and have a go,” she says.