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Alicia Hempleman-Adams, 15, stands with her father, David Hempleman-Adams, in the Canadian Arctic after she bettered his time in crossing Baffin Island.
updated 4/15/2005 11:27:22 AM ET 2005-04-15T15:27:22

A 15-year-old girl has trekked across an Arctic island quicker than her father — one of Britain’s top explorers.

Alicia Hempleman-Adams took 10 days to walk and ski 150 miles across Baffin Island in northeast Canada.

Her father, David, 48, who won fame by reaching both the South and North Poles on foot, setting a series of air-balloon records and climbing the highest mountain on every continent, had previously taken 11 days.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” he said. “I’m immensely proud of what she has achieved, but a bit miffed she has beaten my time,” he told Reuters from a hotel in Canada.

Alicia and her three companions had to battle a wind chill factor of -40C, thin ice and open water along the trek.

But this will not necessarily mean the start of a career in exploration, she said. “I want to try other things first.”


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