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Weird News Briton, 29, becomes youngest woman to ski solo to South Pole

16:55  11 january  2020
16:55  11 january  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Image: Mollie Hughes battled through snow storms and temperatures of -45C to reach the South Pole .

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a person wearing a blue jacket: Mollie Hughes battled through snow storms and temperatures of -45C to reach the South Pole © PA Mollie Hughes battled through snow storms and temperatures of -45C to reach the South Pole

A British adventurer has become the youngest woman to ski solo to the South Pole.

\Mollie Hughes, 29, started her world record attempt on 13 November and battled through treacherous conditions including snowstorms and temperatures of -45C (-49F).

Ms Hughes, from Edinburgh, set off from Hercules Inlet in Western Antarctica and skied eastwards for 702 miles, arriving at the South Pole on Friday at 8.50am local time.

She said she was proud of her achievement, describing the journey as "super surreal but absolutely amazing".

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An Edinburgh adventurer has become the youngest woman to ski solo to the South Pole . Mollie Hughes, 29 , skied for 58.5 days pulling all her food in a sledge during her lone Only six other women and 17 men have successfully completed the trip she is planning without making any stops to resupply.

An Edinburgh adventurer bidding to become the youngest woman to ski solo to the South Pole is pledging to get a tattoo on her bottom in return for a £ Mollie Hughes, 29 , is already a record breaker as the youngest female to successfully climb both the north and south sides of Everest at age 26.

She said her introduction to Antarctica was a whiteout of snow and high winds.

"On day six or seven I really pushed and pushed all day long up horrible icy slopes and I couldn't see anything and when I pitched my tent after seven and a half hours I looked at my GPS and I realised I'd only done three and a half miles," she said.

"You think of all the things you take for granted like a bed and taking a shower."

Ms Hughes, who became the youngest person to successfully climb both the north and south sides of Mount Everest in 2017, revealed she got through the latest experience by taking one day at a time and focusing on home.

She said she struggled with the feeling of isolation, since she only encountered two other skiers during her trek.

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Devon adventurer Mollie Hughes has announced a bid to become the youngest woman ever to ski solo and unsupported to the South Pole . The Devon-born mountaineer, who lives in Edinburgh, became the youngest person to have successfully climbed both the north and south sides of Mount

Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir was the first Icelandic woman to ski solo from Hercules Inlet snow and blasting winds to make her goal of solo skiing to the South Pole , becoming the 29 th person ever to do so. He is the second only American to ski alone from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole

She continued: "You don't really believe it's a real person because all you see is white and then in the distance you see this person and you have a brief chat and then go separate ways.

"The biggest challenge of the whole trip was being alone. Not physically - I can ski on my own - but being on your own emotionally is so weird."

After completing the journey, Ms Hughes enjoyed a fry up when she reached camp at the South Pole of "fried eggs, sausages, toast and fresh food".

She navigated by compass through 30-knot winds, which took temperatures down to -40C (-40F), and at one point entered complete whiteout conditions which lasted eight days.

During the expedition, she pulled a 105kg sled, which she named Boudicca, and skied alone between 10 and 12 hours a day.

She said Christmas Day was one of the highlights of the trip, where she was given some respite and opened gifts in her food stores, including her favourite sweets from her girlfriend Tegan.

Ms Hughes, who grew up in Devon, is now recuperating at a camp at the South Pole before flying to southern Chile.

She funded the expedition by raising £75,000 from sponsors and crowdfunding, and used the trek to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of the charity, said she was in awe of Ms Hughes' "determination and resilience" and thanked her for using the trek to raise funds to beat cancer.

"We receive no government funding and it's thanks to people like Mollie that we're able to continue to fund world leading research," she added.

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