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Aged 16, Jade Hameis­ter is the youngest per­son ever to com­plete the ‘po­lar hat-trick’.

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AF­TER 37 DAYS and 600km of drag­ging a 100kg sled through ice, snow and wind, on 10 Jan­uary, Jade Hameis­ter skied up to the South Pole – and into the his­tory books.

She now holds the record for be­ing the youngest per­son to com­plete the po­lar hat-trick of ski­ing to the North Pole, the South Pole and across Green­land.

As the Aus­tralian Geo­graphic So­ci­ety’s Young Ad­ven­turer of the Year in 2016, Jade’s record-break­ing ex­pe­di­tions have been spon­sored by the So­ci­ety ever since.

“I am very proud to be as­so­ci­ated with the Aus­tralian Geo­graphic So­ci­ety,” she says. “All Aus­tralians are very priv­i­leged to have such an amaz­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion shin­ing a light on two key ar­eas of what it means to be an Aussie – care for our pre­cious en­vi­ron­ment and true ad­ven­ture and ex­plo­ration. So many young peo­ple grow up in ur­ban city en­vi­ron­ments and never get to ex­pe­ri­ence na­ture first­hand. By shar­ing these sto­ries, AG is pro­vid­ing one way for Aus­tralians to con­nect with our en­vi­ron­ment and hope­fully, as a re­sult, care more for it.”

The first cou­ple of weeks back home were tough for Jade, get­ting back into the swing of nor­mal life and re­turn­ing to school, but she was glad to be re­united with her mum and brother. (Her dad Paul ac­com­pa­nied her to Antarc­tica.)

The next cou­ple of years will be mainly fo­cused on com­plet­ing years 11 and 12, with some smaller ad­ven­tures here and there. “It will be hard sit­ting in a class­room when I’ve spent so much time re­cently out in such beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments do­ing re­ally phys­i­cal ad­ven­tures, but it’s only two years of my life,” Jade says.

At just 16, Jade Hameis­ter, our 2016 Young Ad­ven­turer of the Year, has al­ready been on the ‘ad­ven­ture of a life­time’ sev­eral times: to the South Pole (above), the North Pole (above left) and Green­land. The North Pole photo shows Jade with her...

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