British teen aims to be first to ski to the South Pole

3rd November 2011, Comments 0 comments

A schoolgirl whose father was the first Briton to reach the South Pole solo and unsupported said Thursday she hoped to become the youngest person to ski there when she joins him on a return visit.

Amelia Hempleman-Adams, 16, will join adventurer David Hempleman-Adams when he sets off on the two-week challenge on November 18, braving temperatures of minus 30 degrees Celsius -- minus 60 with the wind chill.

They will start at the point where explorer Ernest Shackleton had to turn back in 1907 and ski the last 97 miles (156 kilometres) to the South Pole.

"I am frightened about the harsh conditions as I don't know what to expect, the cold, the wind. I am not sure if I'll be able to sleep as it is 24 hours daylight at the South Pole and Dad is a terrible snorer," the teenager said.

She will have to consume 8,000 calories a day to keep up her strength, but joked: "Eating a lot of chocolate won't be hard for me."

Her father admitted he was "apprehensive" at taking his daughter into such a harsh environment, saying: "I've got quite a lot of fat on me so it's easier but Amelia is a teenager so burns quite a lot of calories and is quite thin.

"We are really going to have to be careful that's she's kept warm.

"But Shackleton has always been a hero of mine and it will be wonderful to walk in his footsteps. It will be very special to share this experience with my youngest daughter."

Hempleman-Adams added that his daughter would not escape her homework when she was on the trip, saying: "There will be quite a lot of downtime in the tents so she can do a couple of hours a day."

In 2005, Amelia Hempleman-Adams' sister Alicia, then aged 15, became the youngest person to trek to the North Pole.

© 2011 AFP

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