My Polar Dream by Jade Hameister
This year one of my readings goals (which we created in English this year, I’ve never done this before) was to expand the genres I read from the usual YA sci-fi, fantasy and crime to more broad, and mostly non-fiction genres. This is an autobiography, which I’ve only ever read like three of before (two of them by Roald Dahl…)
Fourteen-year-old Jade Hameister had a dream: to complete the Polar Hat Trick.
In 2016, she skied to the North Pole.
In 2017, she completed the Greenland Crossing.
In 2018, she arrived at the South Pole.
This is the story of an adventurer who never gave up – who set herself incredible challenges beyond her years and experience. An adventurer who endured extremes of cold and blizzards; tackled treacherous terrain where one wrong step could be fatal; struggled through sastrugi, ice rubble and emotional lows to achieve an extraordinary goal.
Along the way, she made a sandwich for online trolls, inspired young people, and made international headlines.
At sixteen, Jade Hameister became the youngest person in history to complete the Polar Hat Trick.
*The youngest person 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 woman to set a new route to the South Pole
* The youngest to ski to both Poles
* The youngest to complete the Polar Hat Trick.
Well isn’t that a bucketload of things to complete before even becoming a legal adult?
I looked at this on my audiobook app and though, ehh, sounds okay, not really what I’m into, but I’m super glad I borrowed it. Aside from the actual content of the book itself, it was written by an Australian author and read by an Australian actor, which is not something that I usually come across.
Three things I liked about it:
- The inspiration
- The trivia
Okay, so, some of my points (looking at you number three) are pretty vague but of course this book is so cool it doesn’t matter.
She is such an inspiring person, and, probably because she is actually real, I could relate to Jade a lot. She wrote lots about emotional ups and downs whilst journeying, especially in the last expedition at the south pole, and I thought that its was really cool to see her make her way through everything. She also describes places I’ve never been to before which sound really cool, and makes me want to get up out of my chair and go somewhere, although I can’t because of coronaivrus travel bans and stuff.
She is a social advocate, as well, for both climate change action and women’s empowerment. On the way, she takes breaks from telling the reader about her journeys to give some trivia about the poles, polar bears, global warming and the history of polar expeditions, things which I’d never actually research for myself.
I learned a lot from reading this, and really enjoyed reading a new genre.
Next stop, watch her National Geographic documentaries…