As Jade moved forward, the ice looked ready to attack!
Hitting the Wall
Jade and her team had made it onto a high plain. She felt dizzy and cold. Five layers of clothing barely kept her warm.
Everything started to feel hard. Even eating was hard. Snow covered her food. It was hard to eat wearing gloves.
On the 27th day, Jade had doubts. She had pain in her hip. Her ears were ringing. Her fingers and toes felt frozen. Maybe it was all too much. She asked her team for advice. How badly did she want to make it? Jade knew that no matter what, she had to keep going. So, she did. On the 37th day, Jade and her team reached the South Pole.
The team struggled to eat lunch in the cold.
Jade posed with the Australian flag at the South Pole.
In arriving at the South Pole at age 16, Jade became:
the youngest person to ski to the South Pole without outside help
the first woman to set a new route to the South Pole
the youngest person to ski to both the North and South poles
the youngest person to complete the Polar Hat Trick!