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What might pos­si­bly mo­ti­vate a 16-year-old Aus­tralian high school stu­dent to set out to con­quer the world’s three great ice caps?

For Jade Hameis­ter, it was fam­ily first. Her moun­taineer fa­ther took her to Mt Ever­est base camp at the age of 12. There, she met an Ice­landic woman who had com­pleted a solo ex­pe­di­tion to the South Pole – and it was her sto­ries that sparked Hameis­ter’s dream to do the triple: the North Pole, the South Pole and Green­land.

Her fa­ther not only en­cour­aged her, but joined her on the jour­neys cap­tured in the fea­ture doc­u­men­tary Jade’s Quest: To the Ends of the Earth (Na­tional Geo­graphic,

Sky 072, Sun­day, 7.30pm). “It

cap­tures a lot of the raw mo­ments,” says Hameis­ter. “I was hop­ing that they would do that, be­cause I think that’s what peo­ple want to see.”

How raw?

“It hurts, and you are al­ways cold. You get in the tent and you think the stove will warm you up, or your sleep­ing bag, but you’re al­ways cold.

“There was lots of strength training, putting on mus­cle. We did tyre-pulling on the beaches to sim­u­late what it would feel like, but we couldn’t

pre­pare for the cold.”

Inevitably, she had mo­ments when she wanted to call the whole thing off.

“I was never go­ing to go home,” she says, “it was just a mat­ter of stop­ping, tak­ing a cou­ple of deep breaths and re­al­is­ing that I didn’t want to go home and I wanted to fin­ish it.”

She’s set­tling back into school now, hav­ing promised her par­ents she’d com­plete her ed­u­ca­tion. But she’s not rul­ing out fu­ture ad­ven­tures.

Jade’s Quest: To the Ends of the Earth, Sun­day.

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