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British teenager becomes youngest person to reach south pole

Lewis Clarke, 16, skied 700 miles over 48 days.

by: Trent Knoss

image: Wikimedia Commons
image: Wikimedia Commons

 A British teenager made history Saturday night by becoming the youngest person ever to reach the South Pole.

The Telegraph reports that Lewis Clarke, 16, skied more than 700 miles over 48 days, enduring fierce 60 mile-per-hour winds and -50 degree Fahrenheit temperatures.  Upon finally reaching the pole, he expressed his relief to the U.K.'s Mirror: 
"I'm really happy but mostly relieved that for the first time in 48 days I don't have to get up tomorrow and drag my sled for nine hours in the snow and icy wind.

"Today was really hard, the closer I got to the Pole the slower I went, my legs had had enough.

"But now I'm here and I've had some spaghetti bolognaise and I am sitting in a heated tent."

Clarke plans to tour the Amundson polar research base before flying home on January 24.  Prior to Clarke's arrival, the youngest person to reach the South Pole had been then-18-year-old Sarah McNair-Landry of Canada, who completed the feat in 2005.

Read more: Telegraph




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