December 17th, 2013
09:59 AM ET

19-Year-Old Attempts to Set World Record in South Pole

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

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  1. mememine69

    Billions of children subjected to 30 years of needless CO2 panic have been condemned to the greenhouse gas ovens of an exaggerated crisis. Get ahead of the curve;
    *Occupywallstreet now does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by politicians.
    It's time you lazy copy and paste news editors stopped riding the climate blame exaggeration and renounced it now before history denounces you for this needless panic.
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    December 17, 2013 at 11:03 am | Reply

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