Amelia Hempleman-Adams back home after pole challenge

Amelia Hempleman-Adams Amelia Hempleman-Adams arrived back at Heathrow Airport with her father David (left)

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The world's youngest person to ski to the south pole has arrived back in the UK.

Amelia Hempleman-Adams, 16, and her explorer father David Hempleman-Adams, reached the pole at 01:30 GMT on Friday after skiing 97 miles.

The Wiltshire pair spent 17 nights in the Antarctic, enduring temperatures as low as -50C (-58F) and whiteouts, to complete the challenge.

Miss Hempleman-Adams said it had been an "extraordinary experience".

'Frozen poo'

"The biggest challenges were the freezing cold, dried food, pulling frozen poo in a sledge, Dad's snoring," she said.

"The best bit has been experiencing what Dad does on expeditions.

"It's the first time I've been on a trek with him and now I know what it's like."

Mr Hempleman-Adams, who was the first Briton to reach the south pole solo and unsupported, said Amelia had done "amazingly well".

Amelia Hempleman-Adams is the youngest person to ski to the south pole

"I'm very proud of her but this expedition was probably the most challenging for me," he said.

"I'm very protective of Amelia who is my youngest daughter.

"It's one thing going off on an expedition on your own but another thing when you are looking after your own teenager daughter."

The pair, along with a small team, started their trip from The Farthest Point South, where Shackleton had to turn back on 9 January, 1909.

Miss Hempleman-Adams carried a photograph of Shackleton and a commemorative coin - gifts from his granddaughter Alexandra Shackleton.

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