Meet Jade Hameister. She is 14 years old, awesome, and working to become the youngest person to conquer the world’s three polar regions (while inadvertently putting your half-assed basement Zumba workouts to shame).
Tonight, Hameister is leaving her home of Melbourne, Australia (of f*cking course she’s Australian) for the North Pole, where she’ll begin a journey, often referred to as “The Polar Hat Trick,” that will eventually cover 1,243 miles across three regions. Each of the journey’s three legs is completed separately.
The North Pole is the first of Hameister’s three adventures, and it is expected to take 21 days unless Santa is there, in which case, his endless rants about global warming may delay her a little bit. In a year, Hameister will tackle the Greenland Crossing and in the summer of 2017, the South Pole.
After hearing about the journey from an Icelandic woman at Everest Base Camp when she was 12, Hameister herself became obsessed with the idea and started training right away. Meanwhile, when we were 12, we heard about Double Stuf Oreos and wondered if one day they could maybe do Triple Stuf?
The course is not for the faint of heart, and adventurers like Hameister expect a handful of pretty intense challenges. Some dangers include floating sea ice, compression zones with elevated obstacles, hypothermia, frost bite, and polar bears.
Hameister has endured rigorous training to prepare for the expedition. On top of attending regular CrossFit classes to build strength and endurance, she has also spent time at the Melbourne Altitude training room, learned survival skills and how to cross country ski, a crucial skill when it comes to weight distribution on delicate ice.
By her side during the expedition will be Hameister’s father, Paul (conqueror of Mount Everest), and master polar guide, Eric Phillips. Their journey will be documented by National Geographic, and the team will post an Instagram each day.
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I'm really sick today and home from school. Feels like I have razor blades in my throat. 😷 This picture was taken in NZ recently when my guide @deanostaples was teaching me how to walk on an icy slope in crampons with an ice axe.❄️ Amazing how we take feeling healthy for granted until we are sick!