At just 19 years old, Parker Liautaud is taking on the South Pole.
Right now, Liautaud is leading the “Willis Resilience Expedition”, trying to set a world record for skiing from the Antarctic Coast to the South Pole. He says the team is set to meet their goal in just under 20 days if they average around 18 miles a day for the next 10 days.
Liautaud has already completed three expeditions to the North Pole since turning 15 years old. But this one is his most challenging quest yet, spanning nearly 400 miles in subzero temperatures, in some of the harshest conditions on earth.
So why do it?
He says the expedition has two main goals.
“The first of which is to contribute to a better understanding of the climate system,” Liautaud says.
“The other is really to change the dialogue of climate change and improve the general public understanding of the science behind it to lead to better foreign policy.”
You can follow Liautaud's progress at WillisResilience.com.