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Parker Liautaud, a 19-year-old geology student, has become the youngest man to ski to the South Pole after completing the journey in 18 days.
Along with his expedition partner Doug Stoup they broke the 22-day speed record for the journey which began from the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica on December 3.
The pair skied for 314 miles (506km) on the fastest-ever unsupported walk from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole.
They arrived at 13.43 on Christmas Eve in 18 days, four hours and 43 minutes.
During the journey they pulled sleds weighing in excess of 80kg across the Transantarctic mountain range in temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius. The duo travelled for up to 12 hours a day, averaging 17 miles (28km) per day.

They were followed behind by a vehicle which filmed the entire journey using long-distance cameras, but offered them no support other than radio contact.
The men also managed to conduct a series of scientific experiments aimed at exploring the impact of climate change on the frozen continent.
They deployed a lightweight weather station which has never been used before in Antarctica and has been relaying metrological data every 30 minutes.
They also collected snow samples for research purposes. Mr Liautaud, who is a student at Yale University, was born in California but was brought up in the UK.
He has completed three expeditions to the North Pole and made his first journey there in 2009 at the age of 14 accompanied by the British polar explorer Robert Swan.
On setting a new record he said: “It’s an incredible honour to stand at the South Pole after a successful expedition.
“Over the past several weeks I have learned a lot and am very thankful for the support of the team around me that made this expedition possible.
“I now hope to work with our scientific partners in the next phase of the research from this expedition and continue to contribute to reigniting the dialogue on climate change.” – The Telegraph

Wait, what? continue to contribute to reigniting the dialogue on climate change?? Just when I was starting to like him, he goes and says something dumb.

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