The South Pole is a place that very few people get to visit in their life and I am very excited to say that I am lucky enough to be going! I will be joining a group of nine others (including my Dad David Hempleman-Adams), that are all determined to ski to the South Pole from The Farthest Point South, which Ernest Shackleton reached in 1909, before he was forced to turn back.

A little bit about me...

I'm currently studying for four AS levels (Geography, Economics, Mathematics and PE) at Prior Park College in Bath. I live in a small village called Box, in Wiltshire and I love the outdoors and especially skiing. I have completed both Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh's awards and am working towards my Gold at the moment (although, this trip won't count towards it!).

Whilst growing up my Dad was often away on exciting expeditions and I've always wondered what it was really like. My two sisters, Alicia, 22 and Camilla, 19, have both been on a special expedition with him and I'm really excited that now it's my turn- it must be in our blood!! My Dad was the first Brit to reach the South Pole, solo and unsupported, when I was just one, which I can't remember! But I've heard lots of stories from him and although I know it will be hard, it makes me even more determined to get there!

I will really miss my family and friends while I am away, and will especially miss our black retriever, Lilly as this will be the longest I have been away her. I am sure that my family and friends (and Lilly!) will give me a warm welcome when I return and that I will have a lot stories to share with them.

For more about the trip, what I’m looking forward to and my fears click on the Expedition page.

I do hope you enjoy following my journey.

Love Amelia