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Friday
Dec092011

British Teen Youngest Person to Ski to South Pole

LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A 16-year-old British schoolgirl has become the youngest person ever to ski her way to the South Pole.

Amelia Hempleman-Adams, daughter of explorer David Hempleman-Adams, joined her dad on the expedition. They skied 97 miles and spent 17 nights on the ice, where temperatures were as low as -58 degrees and there was 24-hour daylight, before they arrived Friday in the early morning.

Amelia called the experience "extraordinary" and told the BBC: "The biggest challenges were the freezing cold, dried food, pulling frozen poo in a sledge, dad's snoring."

The best bit, she said: "Experiencing what dad does on expeditions." She said she wasn't sure whether she'd want to repeat the experience. "I'll have to think about that after a few nights' sleep."

Father and daughter, and their small team left the U.K. on Nov. 18 and arrived in Punta Arenas in southern Chile on Nov. 20. They began the expedition on Nov. 26 from the Farthest Point South, where legendary British explorer Ernest Shackleton turned back in 1909. Amelia carried a picture of Shackleton and a coin that his granddaughter, Alexandra, had given her.

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