Sixteen-year old arctic explorer, Parker Liautaud has succeeded in his mission to ski to the North Pole in just four days, as one of the youngest people to ever complete the mission.
This is his latest expedition as an ambassador for One Young World, the premier global forum for young people of leadership calibre.
Today, Parker and his teammate Doug Stoup completed the journey one week ahead of schedule and were the first team to return triumphantly from the North Pole – despite being delayed by three days due to adverse weather conditions.
Anticipated to last up to two weeks, Parker Liautaud completed the 112km expedition in 4 days, 2 hours and 47 minutes which puts his mission as one of the fastest Last Degree expeditions to the North Pole in history.
Throughout his journey, Parker undertook scientific research for the European Space Agency and the University of Alberta. He made 100 snow thickness measurements every day in accordance with the Pole Track 2005 updated protocol which will now be used in long and short term climate change research.
Parker completed his mission as the first One Young World Explorer, a role which supports the One Young World resolution on the environment that calls for international legislative action to ensure carbon emissions reduction targets are both agreed and met by 2020.
In 2010, Parker set his goal to become the youngest person to ski to the North Pole when he launched his organisation, The Last Degree, dedicated to inspiring, informing and engaging young people in a dialogue on environmental issues facing the polar regions.
Parker became close to his goal to be the youngest explorer in history to reach the North Pole and made it closer than any other team on the ice at the time. Unfortunately, due to atrocious weather conditions including zero visibility, heavy drifts and strong winds – described by NASA as ‘the worst since records began’- Parker had to be evacuated only 15 miles from the pole.
The extraordinarily high temperatures and open water that prevented Parker completing his first mission highlight the damaging effects of climate change and this remains the focus of his second attempt in 2011.
About Parker Liautaud
Through his interest in the world’s changing environment and threatened ecosystems, he found the spirit of adventure, first taking up comparatively minor challenges in the Rockies and the Atlas Mountains at 12 and 13 years old.
In late 2009, Parker embarked on a mission to inspire, inform and engage young people in a real dialogue on urgent environmental issues facing the polar-regions. Against the advice of many, he decided to kick off his new organisation, The Last Degree, by attempting to become the youngest person in history to ski to the North Pole.
Parker Liautaud is a 16-year-old polar adventurer and environmental campaigner. He will embark on his second attempt to become the youngest to ski to the North Pole and has two polar expeditions under his belt to date.
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