Such Great Heights – Jade Hameis­ter

BY THE TIME JADE HAMEIS­TER WAS SIX YEARS OLD SHE HAD CLIMBED MT KOSCIUSZKO AND BY 12 CON­QUERED MT EVER­EST BASE CAMP. NOW 14 YEARS OLD, JADE IS ABOUT TO UN­DER­TAKE A MIS­SION TO BE­COME THE YOUNGEST PER­SON IN HIS­TORY TO COM­PLETE THE PO­LAR HAT TRICK! WE CHAT T

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You’re about to start your quest; can you briefly ex­plain what it is? My goal is to com­plete the Po­lar Hat Trick, which cov­ers al­most 2,000 km over three ex­pe­di­tions. It will take me about four months of drag­ging a sled on the ice in freez­ing con­di­tions. I am at­tempt­ing the North Pole first in April 2016, then the Green­land cross­ing this time next year and then the South Pole at the end of next year. If it all works out, I’ll be the youngest per­son in his­tory to com­plete these jour­neys. Are you do­ing this quest solo or will you be with a team? I will be do­ing each ex­pe­di­tion with three oth­ers. Our guide, Eric Philips, who is a very fa­mous po­lar ad­ven­turer and ex­plorer, my dad and our cam­era man, Pet­ter Nyquist from Nor­way, who is mak­ing a doc­u­men­tary of each trip for NatGeo. Apart from be­ing the youngest per­son in his­tory to com­plete the Po­lar Hat Trick, what else do you hope to achieve from your ex­pe­di­tions? I want to in­spire girls to chase their dreams and live fit and healthy life­styles. I want to show them that any­thing is pos­si­ble if you’re pas­sion­ate and work re­ally hard for it. How long have you been pre­par­ing and what sort of train­ing have you had to do? I first de­cided to see if it was pos­si­ble for me to at­tempt this adventure at the end of 2014. My train­ing has con­sisted of lots of strength work to make sure I can drag a heavy sled (like back squats and dead­lifts plus work on my lower back and core), lots of Cross­Fit work­outs, lots of en­durance work (like drag­ging car tyres be­hind me for hours) and yoga to help with my flex­i­bil­ity and breath­ing. It’s also re­ally im­por­tant to make time to al­low my body to rest and re­cover. This has been the hard­est part. What do your friends think about your jour­ney? Have you in­spired any of them to be­come more

in­ter­ested in fit­ness? Up un­til around two months be­fore the trip, I hadn’t re­ally told many of my friends about my plans just in case it didn’t go ahead. My friends are ex­cited for me, but I am not sure they re­ally un­der­stand what it’s all about and how hard it is go­ing to be. It’s not a hol­i­day! Some of my friends have joined me in my train­ing ses­sions, but they end up pretty sore af­ter­wards. It’s lots of fun to share my jour­ney with them. What ad­vice would you give to girls who hear your story and one day would like to try what you are do­ing? Can any­one do it or are there cer­tain skills

or per­son­al­ity traits that you need to have? Girls are ca­pa­ble of so much more than peo­ple think. We can do any­thing if we are pas­sion­ate about it and are pre­pared to put in the work. The type of per­son­al­ity traits that would be good for ad­ven­tures are de­ter­mi­na­tion, re­silience, dis­ci­pline and a tol­er­ance for be­ing very un­com­fort­able. Get started with some re­search about the adventure you have in mind. Find peo­ple who have done some­thing sim­i­lar be­fore and try and speak to them about their ex­pe­ri­ences. Work back­wards from the trip and find out all the steps you need to go through to be ready, in­clud­ing train­ing, gear and cost and then com­mit to the process and make sure you are pre­pared for set­backs and en­joy the jour­ney. Are there any other sports or ac­tiv­i­ties that you do? Aside from the train­ing I am do­ing for the ex­pe­di­tion I do a yoga ses­sion once a week, com­pete in triathlons, am in the school row­ing and cross coun­try team and play netball with friends once a week. Out­side of school, I do a lot of Cross­Fit all year round; it would have to be my favourite way to keep fit by far.

Do you have a motto that you live by? “Courage ex­pands pos­si­bil­i­ties; fear shrinks them.” It’s all about choos­ing to live with courage and that’s why I de­cided the theme for my Po­lar Quest is #ex­pand­pos­si­ble.

“I WANT TO IN­SPIRE GIRLS TO CHASE THEIR DREAMS AND LIVE FIT AND HEALTHY LIFE­STYLES. I WANT TO SHOW THEM THAT ANY­THING IS POS­SI­BLE IF YOU’RE PAS­SION­ATE AND WORK RE­ALLY HARD FOR IT.”

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