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British teenager becomes youngest person to ski to the South Pole


Summary of story from BBC News, December 9, 2011

Sixteen-year-old Amelia Hempleman-Adams has become the youngest person to ski to the South Pole.

She is the daughter of explorer David Hempleman-Adams, with whom she successfully completed the trip.

Ms Hempleman-Adams said it had been an extraordinary experience.

“The biggest challenges were the freezing cold, dried food, pulling frozen poo in a sledge, dad’s snoring.

“The best bit has been experiencing what dad does on expeditions. It’s the first time I’ve been on a trek with him and now I know what it’s like. Would I do it again? I’ll have to think about that after a few nights’ sleep.”

The pair, from Wiltshire, began their journey 97 miles from the Pole, where Sir Ernest Shackleton abandoned his mission in 1909.

They spent 17 nights camping in the Antarctic and endured temperatures as low as minus 50C (-58F).

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