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Teen explorer Jade Hameister prepares for 605km ski to the South Pole

Genevieve Alison, October 29, 2017 10:06AM Herald Sun

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Jade Hameister during Greenland crossing. Picture: supplied media_cameraJade Hameister during Greenland crossing. Picture: supplied

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Teen adventurer and Arctic explorer Jade Hameister is preparing to strap on her skis and go where no Australian woman has ever been before.

The 16-year-old will ski 605km to the South Pole from the coast of Antarctica, following a route* that’s never been tested.

“This is true exploration,” the Melbourne schoolgirl said.

If successful, she will become the youngest person and first Australian woman in history to complete the daring journey.

Jade during her Greenland crossing. media_cameraJade during her Greenland crossing.

Jade is no stranger to the ice, having already completed history-making expeditions to the North Pole and across the Greenland ice caps in the past two years as part of her quest to complete the “polar hat-trick”.

And her latest feat will come with a new set of challenges.

Jade and her four man crew will spend 40 days on the ice, battling minus 30 degree temperatures and 24-hour daylight.

But it’s the new “untamed” route, which her team discovered through satellite images, that is likely to prove the most challenging.

Jade in Greenland. media_cameraJade in Greenland.

“The way we’re choosing to go will definitely be more difficult,” Jade said.

“It’ll be much steeper and more dangerous because we don’t know the terrain* … there are a lot of unknowns that come with it,” she said.

Only 140 people in history have skied from the coast to South Pole unsupported and unassisted. Only 20 of those were women.

“This expedition will be really hard and I am expecting to suffer a lot, but I am determined to show what young women are capable of,” she said.

Jade dry land training. media_cameraJade dry land training.

Juggling her intense dry land* training schedule while studying for school exams can be tricky, the year 10 student admits.

“I always feel like I can be doing more,” she said.

And faced with the prospect of missing yet another Australian summer?

“It’s the worst — sometimes I think that’s the hardest part of all,” Jade said.

But while hearing about the beach holiday plans of her school friends can be tough, Jade said she couldn’t be more excited to ski into the history books once more.

Jade is due to complete her trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole in mid January next year.

GLOSSARY

  • route: path
  • terrain: land
  • dry land: not on the ice, on dirt, grass and sand

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For each one, write down a synonym (word meaning the same thing) and an antonym (word meaning the opposite thing).

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Use the words you have circled and written in the activity above to help you write a description of a polar landscape.

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EXTRA RESOURCES

GIANT HOLE OPENS UP IN ANTARCTICA

SKIING INTO HISTORY

MODERN-DAY MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

TEENS SICK OF SOCIAL MEDIA

AUSSIES HEAD TO ‘TRADIE OLYMPICS’

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