Jade Hameister recently completed an incredible feat of perseverance by skiing (traversing) the South Pole and thus completing the Polar Hat Trick. According to New York Minute Mag, the sixteen-year-old is the youngest person and first Australian woman to traverse to the South Pole, which is a 373 mile (1,300km) trek. She was unassisted and unsupported and completed the journey on January 10th, 2018 in just 37 days! She is also the youngest to complete the Polar Hat Trick, which consists of traversing on skis the North & South Pole, and the Greenland ice sheet.
Hameister had to endure some tough conditions while making the push for the world record. Some of these extreme conditions include the nastiest of weather. She dealt with -40 degree Celsius days, harsh arctic winds, and blizzards that produce tons of snow. Some other hardships that she had to endure include losing up to 15 pounds (6.8kgs) of body weight from shear exercise, using a mobile toilet that she had to carry to preserve the arctic environment, and over 40 days without a shower.
Jade Hameister is not new to adventure and has completed other incredible expeditions. At just the age of six, she hiked up to the top of Mt. Kosciuszko, the highest peak in Australia, with her father. At the age of twelve, she completed the trek up to Everest Base Camp. Upon completion of some of the Polar Hat Trick traverses, Jade has received the distinguished award of 2016 Young Adventurer of the Year.