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ABOUT JADE

Jade is a 20 year old student from Melbourne, Australia.

At age 12, Jade completed the trek to Everest Base Camp and was inspired by two women she befriended on that trip – one who had previously skied to the South Pole solo and the other who had been the first woman to summit Everest without supplemental oxygen.

This inspiration led Jade to undertake her own quest.

In April 2016, Jade became the youngest person in history to ski to the North Pole from anywhere outside the Last Degree. That year she was recognised by Australian Geographic Society as Young Adventurer of the Year.

Her journey was captured in a National Geographic documentary that aired in 170 countries.

She delivered a TEDx Talk in August 2016 and in early 2017 presented to a combined live audience of over 12,000 students at ImagiNATION in Melbourne, Sydney
and Brisbane.

In June 2017, Jade made history again by completing the 550km traverse of the Greenland icecap unsupported and unassisted – the youngest woman ever to do so.

In January 2018, Jade completed her polar quest and in the process became the youngest person to ski from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole unsupported and unassisted, the first Australian woman to do so, among the first women to set a new route to the South Pole unsupported and unassisted, the youngest to both Poles and the youngest to complete the Polar Hat Trick.

Her expeditions were captured as part of a National Geographic feature length documentary, released mid-2018.

In the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Jade was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to Polar Exploration.

Jade is passionate about shifting the focus for young people from how they appear to the possibilities of what they can do and also about raising awareness about the impact of climate change on the Earth’s beautiful and fragile polar regions.

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Jade’s Polar Quest saw her cover around 1,300km over three expeditions in 75 days on the ice on skis, dragging a sled weighing more than her own body weight in some of the most extreme and beautiful environments on the planet.

As at 2016:

  • Around 2,800 people have summited Everest;
  • Around 760 people have been to outer space;
  • Only around 230 people have walked from the Coast of Antarctica to the Geographic South Pole;
  • A much smaller number have reached both the geographic North and South Poles; and
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In April 2016, Jade (aged 14) travelled 150km from 88 degrees 40 over the drifting polar sea ice to arrive at the North Pole to become the youngest person (male or female) in history to ski to the North Pole from anywhere outside 89 degrees. It was also the longest journey to the North Pole by any woman on the planet in the last 2 years.

Global warming has impacted drifting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean such that this was the longest route possible with air support if something went wrong. Any longer route cannot be guaranteed and the former longer route from Canada is now almost impossible to make and it is understood that only one expedition has done so in the last decade.

Each day, Jade skied with her 50kg sled for 8-10 hours navigating around open “leads” of water or climbing over “pressure ridges” in the ice (massive walls of ice chunks where large sheets of ice being moved by water currents have collided). The travel was complicated and the days were physical and arduous.

After establishing camp each night, the expedition found, on waking the next morning, that they had drifted off course on a strong easterly ocean current (“negative drift”).

Temperatures were as low as -40C and Jade faced other risks such as falling through thin ice into the freezing Arctic waters and polar bears (thankfully she only found tracks in the ice!).

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In May 2017, Jade (aged 15) became the youngest woman in history to complete the unsupported an unassisted 550km crossing of the Greenland icecap, on crampons and skis dragging a sled weighing over 80kg.

First completed by the celebrated Arctic adventurer Fritjof Nansen in 1888, this expedition is an adventure of the highest degree. Less people have completed this journey than have summited Mt Everest.

Following the line of the Arctic Circle, Jade started her journey in Kangerlussuaq on the West Coast of Greenland. She then skied across the magical expanse of the Greenland ice cap to finish her expedition on the East Coast at Isortoq Hut on June 4th 2017.

For 27 days, with a heavy sled, Jade spent an average of 9 hours each day on the move, with daily distances around 25km once a routine was established. Temperatures dropped to minus 20 degrees at night and reaching a highpoint on the icecap of around 2,850m before descending to the East coast.

This remote area of the planet experiences extreme weather , in particular the Piteraq (and Inuit word for “ambush”) – katabatic winds that can reach well over 200kmph that form as high density air is dragged down a slope from higher elevation under the force of gravity. Jade suffered minor frost nip on her left cheek following a few days of strong cold winds.

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In January 2018, Jade (aged 16), arrived at the South Pole after an epic 37 day journey via a new route through the Kansas Glacier, from the Amundsen Coast of Antarctica.

In finishing this incredible journey, Jade has set a number of world records including;

  • The youngest person (male or female) to ski from the coast of Antarctica to South Pole unsupported and unassisted
  • The first Australian woman in history to ski coast to Pole unsupported and unassisted
  • The first women in history to set a new route to the South Pole unsupported and unassisted
  • The youngest to ski to both Poles
  • The youngest to complete the Polar Hat Trick

Only 20 women had previously completed the trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole unsupported and unassisted.

Jade’s South Pole expedition saw her cover almost 600km across the 37 days which Jade chose to undertake without resupplies by air. This meant Jade had to travel with a sled weighing around 100kg at the start, a significant task given Jade only weighs 60kg.

Jade also received surprising news half way through the expedition – she was understood to be one of a few to set a new route to the South Pole. Roald Amundsen was the first to set a new route to the South Pole in 1911, followed by Robert Falcon Scott in 1912.

Jade’s almost 600km route forged a new path through the Transantarctic Mountain Range through the unexplored Kansas Glacier. The Kansas Glacier is one of the most southern glaciers in the world and one of the most easterly in the Transantarctic range.

Jade and her team named several features of the Glacier after Australian icons and upon their return, will apply to the US Geological Society to make them official, including two previously in-named peaks – now Old Mate and His Mate, Opera House Ridge, Anzac Steps and Blue Tongue Crevasse Field.

After a steep climb out of the Kansas Glacier, Jade had to navigate through 200km of waist high sastrugi (ridges of ice formed by the ferocious Antarctic winds), which makes progress slow and extremely exhausting.

Then the last 200km of the journey was on the polar plateau at around 3000m elevation. The thin air around the Pole makes the effective altitude closer to 3500m.

Jade experienced very difficult weather conditions throughout the journey with extreme, persistent winds and brutally cold temperatures with whiteout and blizzards making the days very difficult to get through. Temperatures were as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius with wind-chill.

On the evening of Day 29, Jade was caught up in a snow quake, where her tent dropped several centimetres after a loud rumble and thump.

Following her TEDx talk in 2016, Jade received many messages online from male trolls telling her to “make me a sandwich” – a chauvinistic saying, suggesting a woman’s place is in the kitchen. Jade finished her South Pole journey by presenting her trolls with a sandwich and suggesting that they were welcome to eat it if they were capable of completing the same journeys.

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#expandpossible
Instead of focussing on how young women look, Jade wants to shift the focus to what our bodies and minds can do and discover the incredible possibilities that we are capable of contributing to this world.

#bravenotperfect
Jade wants to encourage young people to choose bravery over perfection. Seeking perfection makes us fearful of making mistakes or looking silly. It places limits on us and instead we tend to play it safe, or worse… we don’t even try. Courage acknowledges that we are imperfect and that we will make mistakes, but we try anyway.

#climatechange
Jade has fallen in love with Earth’s beautiful polar regions. As a representative of her generation that will inherit the consequences of climate change, with unique first hand experience in these most fragile parts of our planet, she feels a responsibility to learn as much as she can about global warming and to play a much more active role in this area in years to come.

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JADE’S TEAM

Each of the three journeys will have three core team members:

JADE HAMEISTER OAM

Jade is a university student in Melbourne. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce and Global Studies. While her current focus is her studies, she plans on continuing to advocate for issues which she cares deeply about, such as global warming and gender equality. She is passionate about exploring the planet more in the future.

Eric Philips OAM

Eric is the Tasmania-based owner of Icetrek (the organiser of Jade’s expeditions). He was the first Australian, together with Jon Muir, to ski to both the North and South Poles, is President of the International Polar Guides Association, an IPGA Master Polar Guide and has 25+ years experience as an outdoor educator and polar adventurer and guide. Eric was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by Australian Geographic Society.

Paul Hameister OAM

Jade’s father. A Melbourne-based business owner, Paul is the 12th Australian to climb the Seven Summits, including Mount Everest, which he summited in 2011. Jade has taught him that when your child expresses a dream you should always take them seriously and young people should never be underestimated.

The National Geographic camera team will change for each expedition, as follows:

Petter Nyquist North Pole – Director of Photography

Petter is a cinematographer, photographer, director and adventurer based in Norway. In 2015 he won the People’s Choice Golden Screen Award in Norway for his documentary where he lived for 8 weeks as a homeless person. He has undertaken extensive adventure travel, including North Pole nine times, South Pole four times and Everest summit in 2009.

Dr Frederique Olivier Greenland – Director of Photography

Fred is a Cinematographer, photographer, director and adventurer. French born, she is now based in Tasmania. A former scientific diver with the Australian Institute of Marine Science, she has spent 15 seasons in Antarctica and the subantarctic, including two year-long overwinter expeditions. Fred has undertaken extensive cinematography work in Antarctica, including for BBC and Disney.

Heath Jamieson
Greenland &
South Pole DoP Assistant

Heath is a former Australian Army Commando injured during his third tour of Afghanistan with a gunshot wound through his neck that left him barely able to walk. Based in Sydney., Heath was awarded 2014 Spirit of Adventure Award by Australian Geographic Society when he accompanied Eric Philips and Prince Harry on their 335km trek to the South Pole as part of Walking With the Wounded charity.

Ming D’Arcy
South Pole –
Director of Photography

Ming is a cinematographer, producer and director with a passion for challenging film conditions. Based in Sydney, he has travelled the world leading and directing teams across the globe to create compelling TVC, documentary and digital content. He has worked with National Geographic in the past and operated in both polar and jungle environments.

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CONTACT

Jade and her Management Team would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

Unfortunately Jade cannot respond to your questions about her expeditions directly, due to her training and school commitments.

In the News page of this website you will find lots more detail on Jade’s polar experiences.

For any general or commercial enquires, please contact us and we will respond as soon as possible.

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ABOUT JADE

Jade is a 20 year old student from Melbourne, Australia.At age 12, Jade completed the trek to Everest Base Camp and was inspired by two women she befriended on that trip – one who had previously skied to the South Pole solo and the other who had been the first woman to summit Everest without supplemental oxygen.This inspiration led Jade to undertake her own quest.In April 2016, Jade became the youngest person in history to ski to the North Pole from anywhere outside the Last Degree. That year she was recognised by Australian Geographic Society as Young Adventurer of the Year.Her journey was captured in a National Geographic documentary that aired in 170 countries.She delivered a TEDx Talk in August 2016 and in early 2017 presented to a combined live audience of over 12,000 students at ImagiNATION in Melbourne, Sydney
and Brisbane.In June 2017, Jade made history again by completing the 550km traverse of the Greenland icecap unsupported and unassisted – the youngest woman ever to do so.In January 2018, Jade completed her polar quest and in the process became the youngest person to ski from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole unsupported and unassisted, the first Australian woman to do so, among the first women to set a new route to the South Pole unsupported and unassisted, the youngest to both Poles and the youngest to complete the Polar Hat Trick.Her expeditions were captured as part of a National Geographic feature length documentary, released mid-2018.In the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Jade was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to Polar Exploration.Jade is passionate about shifting the focus for young people from how they appear to the possibilities of what they can do and also about raising awareness about the impact of climate change on the Earth’s beautiful and fragile polar regions.
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EXPEDITION 1NORTH POLE – COMPLETED4 April 2016
EXPEDITION 2GREENLAND CROSSING –
COMPLETED4 June 2017
EXPEDITION 3SOUTH POLE – COMPLETEDDecember 2017

Jade’s Polar Quest saw her cover around 1,300km over three expeditions in 75 days on the ice on skis, dragging a sled weighing more than her own body weight in some of the most extreme and beautiful environments on the planet.
As at 2016:

Around 2,800 people have summited Everest;
Around 760 people have been to outer space;
Only around 230 people have walked from the Coast of Antarctica to the Geographic South Pole;
A much smaller number have reached both the geographic North and South Poles; and
Only a handful of people in history have completed the Big Three polar expeditions.

In April 2016, Jade (aged 14) travelled 150km from 88 degrees 40 over the drifting polar sea ice to arrive at the North Pole to become the youngest person (male or female) in history to ski to the North Pole from anywhere outside 89 degrees. It was also the longest journey to the North Pole by any woman on the planet in the last 2 years.
Global warming has impacted drifting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean such that this was the longest route possible with air support if something went wrong. Any longer route cannot be guaranteed and the former longer route from Canada is now almost impossible to make and it is understood that only one expedition has done so in the last decade.
Each day, Jade skied with her 50kg sled for 8-10 hours navigating around open “leads” of water or climbing over “pressure ridges” in the ice (massive walls of ice chunks where large sheets of ice being moved by water currents have collided). The travel was complicated and the days were physical and arduous.
After establishing camp each night, the expedition found, on waking the next morning, that they had drifted off course on a strong easterly ocean current (“negative drift”).
Temperatures were as low as -40C and Jade faced other risks such as falling through thin ice into the freezing Arctic waters and polar bears (thankfully she only found tracks in the ice!).

In May 2017, Jade (aged 15) became the youngest woman in history to complete the unsupported an unassisted 550km crossing of the Greenland icecap, on crampons and skis dragging a sled weighing over 80kg.
First completed by the celebrated Arctic adventurer Fritjof Nansen in 1888, this expedition is an adventure of the highest degree. Less people have completed this journey than have summited Mt Everest.
Following the line of the Arctic Circle, Jade started her journey in Kangerlussuaq on the West Coast of Greenland. She then skied across the magical expanse of the Greenland ice cap to finish her expedition on the East Coast at Isortoq Hut on June 4th 2017.
For 27 days, with a heavy sled, Jade spent an average of 9 hours each day on the move, with daily distances around 25km once a routine was established. Temperatures dropped to minus 20 degrees at night and reaching a highpoint on the icecap of around 2,850m before descending to the East coast.
This remote area of the planet experiences extreme weather , in particular the Piteraq (and Inuit word for “ambush”) – katabatic winds that can reach well over 200kmph that form as high density air is dragged down a slope from higher elevation under the force of gravity. Jade suffered minor frost nip on her left cheek following a few days of strong cold winds.

In January 2018, Jade (aged 16), arrived at the South Pole after an epic 37 day journey via a new route through the Kansas Glacier, from the Amundsen Coast of Antarctica.
In finishing this incredible journey, Jade has set a number of world records including;

The youngest person (male or female) to ski from the coast of Antarctica to South Pole unsupported and unassisted
The first Australian woman in history to ski coast to Pole unsupported and unassisted
The first women in history to set a new route to the South Pole unsupported and unassisted
The youngest to ski to both Poles
The youngest to complete the Polar Hat Trick

Only 20 women had previously completed the trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole unsupported and unassisted.
Jade’s South Pole expedition saw her cover almost 600km across the 37 days which Jade chose to undertake without resupplies by air. This meant Jade had to travel with a sled weighing around 100kg at the start, a significant task given Jade only weighs 60kg.
Jade also received surprising news half way through the expedition – she was understood to be one of a few to set a new route to the South Pole. Roald Amundsen was the first to set a new route to the South Pole in 1911, followed by Robert Falcon Scott in 1912.
Jade’s almost 600km route forged a new path through the Transantarctic Mountain Range through the unexplored Kansas Glacier. The Kansas Glacier is one of the most southern glaciers in the world and one of the most easterly in the Transantarctic range.
Jade and her team named several features of the Glacier after Australian icons and upon their return, will apply to the US Geological Society to make them official, including two previously in-named peaks – now Old Mate and His Mate, Opera House Ridge, Anzac Steps and Blue Tongue Crevasse Field.
After a steep climb out of the Kansas Glacier, Jade had to navigate through 200km of waist high sastrugi (ridges of ice formed by the ferocious Antarctic winds), which makes progress slow and extremely exhausting.
Then the last 200km of the journey was on the polar plateau at around 3000m elevation. The thin air around the Pole makes the effective altitude closer to 3500m.
Jade experienced very difficult weather conditions throughout the journey with extreme, persistent winds and brutally cold temperatures with whiteout and blizzards making the days very difficult to get through. Temperatures were as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius with wind-chill.
On the evening of Day 29, Jade was caught up in a snow quake, where her tent dropped several centimetres after a loud rumble and thump.
Following her TEDx talk in 2016, Jade received many messages online from male trolls telling her to “make me a sandwich” – a chauvinistic saying, suggesting a woman’s place is in the kitchen. Jade finished her South Pole journey by presenting her trolls with a sandwich and suggesting that they were welcome to eat it if they were capable of completing the same journeys.
MORE QUEST DETAILSWhy?WHO?#expandpossible
Instead of focussing on how young women look, Jade wants to shift the focus to what our bodies and minds can do and discover the incredible possibilities that we are capable of contributing to this world.
#bravenotperfect
Jade wants to encourage young people to choose bravery over perfection. Seeking perfection makes us fearful of making mistakes or looking silly. It places limits on us and instead we tend to play it safe, or worse… we don’t even try. Courage acknowledges that we are imperfect and that we will make mistakes, but we try anyway.
#climatechange
Jade has fallen in love with Earth’s beautiful polar regions. As a representative of her generation that will inherit the consequences of climate change, with unique first hand experience in these most fragile parts of our planet, she feels a responsibility to learn as much as she can about global warming and to play a much more active role in this area in years to come. JADE’S TEAM
Each of the three journeys will have three core team members:

JADE HAMEISTER OAM

Jade is a university student in Melbourne. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce and Global Studies. While her current focus is her studies, she plans on continuing to advocate for issues which she cares deeply about, such as global warming and gender equality. She is passionate about exploring the planet more in the future.

ERIC Philips OAM

Eric is the Tasmania-based owner of Icetrek (the organiser of Jade’s expeditions). He was the first Australian, together with Jon Muir, to ski to both the North and South Poles, is President of the International Polar Guides Association, an IPGA Master Polar Guide and has 25+ years experience as an outdoor educator and polar adventurer and guide. Eric was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by Australian Geographic Society.

PAUL HAMEISTER OAM

Jade’s father. A Melbourne-based business owner, Paul is the 12th Australian to climb the Seven Summits, including Mount Everest, which he summited in 2011. Jade has taught him that when your child expresses a dream you should always take them seriously and young people should never be underestimated.

The National Geographic camera team will change for each expedition, as follows:

Petter Nyquist North Pole – Director of Photography

Petter is a cinematographer, photographer, director and adventurer based in Norway. In 2015 he won the People’s Choice Golden Screen Award in Norway for his documentary where he lived for 8 weeks as a homeless person. He has undertaken extensive adventure travel, including North Pole nine times, South Pole four times and Everest summit in 2009.

Dr Frederique Olivier Greenland – Director of Photography

Fred is a Cinematographer, photographer, director and adventurer. French born, she is now based in Tasmania. A former scientific diver with the Australian Institute of Marine Science, she has spent 15 seasons in Antarctica and the subantarctic, including two year-long overwinter expeditions. Fred has undertaken extensive cinematography work in Antarctica, including for BBC and Disney.

Heath Jamieson
Greenland &
South Pole DoP Assistant

Heath is a former Australian Army Commando injured during his third tour of Afghanistan with a gunshot wound through his neck that left him barely able to walk. Based in Sydney., Heath was awarded 2014 Spirit of Adventure Award by Australian Geographic Society when he accompanied Eric Philips and Prince Harry on their 335km trek to the South Pole as part of Walking With the Wounded charity.

Ming D’Arcy
South Pole –
Director of Photography

Ming is a cinematographer, producer and director with a passion for challenging film conditions. Based in Sydney, he has travelled the world leading and directing teams across the globe to create compelling TVC, documentary and digital content. He has worked with National Geographic in the past and operated in both polar and jungle environments.

Current Featured VideoThe National Geographic documentary on Jade’s North Pole expedition aired globally in 170 countries in late 2016 as part of a series on inspiring young women.
Jade on Instagram

4 years ago today at the end of my South Pole expe

The final night of my Greenland expedition versus

Throwback to 2017 Christmas dinner (freeze dried)

Buddies

Opening night at @hyattcentricmelbourne :)) @david

No choice. Get out and go!

A recent CNN story reported that last month, rain

Looking forward to the day when we can gather in l

Today I finished reading a book by a great idol of

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chan

Crossing a covered crevasse with my sled behind me

Thanks to @columbiaaustralia ‘s new winter adven

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Jade and her Management Team would like to thank you for your ongoing support.
Unfortunately Jade cannot respond to your questions about her expeditions directly, due to her training and school commitments.
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PARTNERS4 years ago today at the end of my South Pole expedition and Polar Hatrick journey on the flight from South Pole to Union Glacier… I was asleep within minutes, dreaming of a hot shower and a good meal 😂The final night of my Greenland expedition versus the final night of 2021. This year has felt a like a bit of an expedition… congrats to everyone on making it through ❤️Throwback to 2017 Christmas dinner (freeze dried) in the middle of the Antarctic polar plateau, hundreds of kilometres from any other living thing, raging storm outside, exhausted after a long day of dragging a sled into headwinds, but still gathering with people we care about to celebrate ❤️BuddiesOpening night at @hyattcentricmelbourne :)) @david_abela_daNo choice. Get out and go!A recent CNN story reported that last month, rain fell at the summit of the Greenland polar icecap for the first time on record. However, during the middle of my Greenland expedition in May 2017, my team and I got caught in a huge blizzard and instead of snow, we got pelted with rain. We were forced to set up camp and couldn’t move for two days as we waited out the storm and dried our gear (that was not designed for rain!). Global warming is real and is upon us much sooner than is making mainstream news.Looking forward to the day when we can gather in large crowds again! Throwback to imagiNATION with @halogenausThe UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change today released its first major assessment since 2013 of global scientific consensus on global warming. The conclusions are unequivocal. The document is code red for humanity. We must take massive action now to switch away from fossil fuels, plant trees to draw carbon from the atmosphere, and educate and empower young women around the globe. Please take the time to research the IPCC findings online. This is real and we are all in it together. #ipcc #un #climatechange @ipcc @unclimatechange @unitednations @natgeoCrossing a covered crevasse with my sled behind meThanks to @columbiaaustralia ‘s new winter adventure gear for keeping me warm on morning walks in Melbourne winter! #notquiteantarctica #outfluencer #warmsmarter #columbiaaustralia #columbia1938[/cs_content_seo]