Monday, November 19, 2007

Early test for Ice enthusiast

GEARED UP: the big chill of Antarctica holds no fears for Jay Piggott.
A mother's challenge to a headstrong teenager in the depths of an Otago winter put Jay Piggott on the path that is scheduled to take him to Scott Base today.
Piggott will travel south as the first Antarctic Youth Ambassador.
Piggott was 13 when his mother tried to talk him out of camping in a tent pitched in their Dunedin backyard. His response was to spend the entire winter sleeping in the tent each night, regardless of the weather or the temperature.
Within three years, he had climbed Aoraki-Mount Cook and over the last 10 years has managed to fit in climbing and skiing expeditions to Alaska, five Himalayan mountaineering expeditions, and travel to 60 countries across the globe while establishing a career as an ecologist at the University of Otago.
The enthusiasm Piggott showed to his mother also captured the imagination of Antarctica New Zealand and the Sir Peter Blake Trust, which run the youth ambassador scheme that was announced as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations at Scott Base.
Piggott's 10 days on the Ice will be spent taking part in a review of the way specially protected areas are managed in the Dry Valleys, an ice-free area near Scott Base.

By JOHN HENZELL - The Press | Tuesday, 20 November 2007


Antarctic Youth Ambassador Jay Piggott gears up for his trip to the ice on Tuesday.
Video: Daniel Tobin.


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