"I made you a sandwich (ham & cheese), now ski 37 days and 600km to the South Pole and you can eat it xx"
That's what polar explorer Jade Hameister posted on social media, the comeback a response to insulting YouTube commenters on Hameister's TEDx talk who had told the record-breaking 16-year-old to "make me a sandwich". (A sexist meme and catchprase used to imply that women belong in the kitchen.)
At the age of 14, Hameister became the youngest person to get to the North Pole from outside the last degree of latitude. (That's approximately 60 miles.) And this year, she completed the "polar hat-trick"—skiing to both the North and South Poles, as well as crossing Greenland—making her the youngest person (male or female) ever to earn that title.
But despite her impressive achievements, according to Hameister, breaking records isn't what she loves most about her polar journeys. “I’m not really fussed about the records as much as they’re cool to have. For me it’s just the experience and the environment that no one else really gets to see.”
Click here to read more and to watch Hameister's TEDx talk.
And check out The Last Word in the March-April 2018 issue of NMG Magazine to read about Ann Bancroft, arctic explorer—and the first woman ever to be interviewed by NMG in the magazine's very first issue, 25 years ago!