Hitting the Wall

Jade and her team had made it onto the plateau. The high altitude made her dizzy and short of breath. The wind was so harsh, five layers of clothing barely kept her warm.

Daily lunches were a nightmare. Jade sat on a piece of foam with her back to the wind. She tried to get frozen salami, cheese, and crackers into her mouth with her mittened hands. Snow covered her food. Sometimes, she just gave up trying to eat.

The team struggled to eat lunch in the cold.

The third day on the plateau was also the 27th day of the journey. Jade hit her personal “wall.” A pain in her hip nearly crippled her. Her ears were ringing. She felt like throwing up. Her fingers and toes had lost all feeling. Maybe it was all too much. She wrote a lot in her journal that night. Could she go on? How badly did she want to succeed? Jade knew there was only one answer. She had to make it.

As Jade trudged forward, the ice looked ready to attack!

Jade posed with the Australian flag at the South Pole.


True grit paid off. On the morning of January 10th, Jade and her team woke to blue skies. Climbing a ridge, they spotted the South Pole station.

As evening came, they skied into the Amundsen‑Scott Station at the South Pole. After a hard 37‑day journey, they had made it. Here she was, at last.

Records Set

In arriving at the South Pole at age 16, Jade became:

the youngest person to ski coast‑toSouth Pole unsupported and unassisted

the first woman and part of the first all‑Australian teamto set a new route from the coast 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!