Melbourne teen Jade Hameister has spoken about the “brutal” conditions she faced to become the youngest person ever to bag the Polar Hat Trick.
The 16-year-old has been resting easy at her Hampton home after completing a gruelling 600-kilometre trek that saw her traverse the North Pole, the South Pole and Greenland, last week.
“We had a brutal head-wind everyday…we had a couple of days of -50C wind chill,” Jade said.
The young adventurer was accompanied by her father and a camera crew, with her mother watching nervously from home.
“It’s a very anxious time when she’s doing it,” Vanessa Hameister said.
Jade’s exploits involved dragging her 100kg sled packed with supplies across 1300km of icy, crevasse-ridden terrain around the globe.
Records she broke during the adventure included becoming the youngest person ever (as well as the first Australian woman) to ski from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole unsupported; the first woman to set a new route from the coast to the South Pole; and the youngest person to ski to both poles.
The teen’s new polar route involved naming several Antarctic features after Aussie icons: Opera House Ridge, Anzac Steps, Old Mate and His Mate, and Blue Tongue Crevasse Field will all become official when the US Geological Survey ratifies them.
Jade was just 14 in April 2016, when she became the youngest person ever to ski to the North Pole from outside the last degree.
“I’ve always loved adventure, and it’s something I’m passionate about,” she told 9NEWS at the time.
Last year, she became the youngest woman to cross Greenland, the world’s largest ice cap.
Her final challenge in the Polar Hat Trick was a gruelling 37-day, 600km journey across Antarctica in temperatures of -50C, in conditions her guide Eric Philips told National Geographic were “the worst I have seen on a polar expedition” in his 25-year career.
Jade enjoyed her first white Christmas in a tent eating dehydrated beef stroganoff, before battling on against icy winds to complete her day’s journey.
She now plans to focus on her Year 11 studies.
“I’d love to be thinking about what’s next in terms of adventure, but I’ve kind of been limited to Year 11 and 12 for the next two years.”