Lonely Planet Writer

Australian girl to become first teenager to go on Arctic mission

An Australian teenager has set her hopes on being the youngest person to have ever conquered three polar regions.

The three legs of the expedition will be covered separately, starting with the North Pole first over the next 21 days, and the Greenland leg of the journey taking place in the Spring, and the South Pole part of the journey taking place in the Summer.

Speaking to Lonely Planet, Jade explained that she’d been inspired to go on the journey by an Icelandic woman she’d met at the Everest Base Camp. “When I trekked to Everest Base Camp in 2014… I became friends with a woman from Iceland who had skied solo to the South Pole and she inspired me to start thinking about my own polar adventure,” she said.

Jade took training for the expedition seriously, and began going on trips and mini missions with her father. “Last year I spent 3 days learning how to cross country ski and then 5 days on the Tasman Glacier in New Zealand with my dad dragging sleds and learning how to survive cold and remote places (and learn things like how to get myself out of a crevasse if I fall in and how to poo in a bag to protect the environment!)”

Aside from looking forward to more of these extreme exploits, Jade also said she’s hoping to inspire more young women and teenage girls to engage in adventure and solo travel: “I am also doing this 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.”

Her family have taken extreme car in ensuring that it is possible and safe for a 14 year-old to take on these missions.

Spent a few nights on the Tasman Glacier in New Zealand. It was pretty cold, but a great experience! -20 at night time ❄️

A photo posted by Jade Hameister | 14 y/o 🇦🇺 (@jadehameister) on Jul 11, 2015 at 4:17am PDT

In terms of practicalities most of the mission Jade will be engaging in will be undertaken on skis. And she won’t be on her own. Her dad, an experienced trekker, and Arctic expert Eric Phillip, will be with her for her whole journey, which will be documented on National Geographic.

It’s not pretty, but it’s the ideal training for the journeys ahead #expandpossible #likeagirl #girlsmakeyourmove

A video posted by Jade Hameister | 14 y/o 🇦🇺 (@jadehameister) on Mar 1, 2016 at 12:40am PST

But for those who want to keep a look out for Jade’s big exploration, she’ll be documenting the whole experience on Instagram.