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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 13:46 GMT 14:46 UK
Arctic schoolboy had 'good fun'
Jordan Maguire
Jordan Maguire reached the North Pole after walking 111 miles
A teenager who is the youngest boy to have walked to the North Pole has described his arctic adventure as "surprisingly good fun but hard work".

Jordan Maguire, 15, from Uplawmoor, Renfrewshire, returned home on Thursday after entering the record books.

He walked 111 miles in 10 days from north Russia to the North Pole dragging an 80kg sled laden with supplies.

He said: "It's something I've always wanted to do." His next challenge is his standard grade exams, next week.

During the expedition he walked for 13 hours a day.

He said: "Conditions were quite bad, minus 22C (minus 8F) on the last day.

"The wind chill took it below that.

Jordan Maguire covers 111 miles to become the youngest boy to walk to the North Pole

"It was quite tough, though I found it easier than the rest of the team.

"The ice is always moving so you get pressure ridges and rubble ice and they were difficult to get past with the sledge."

On the last day he had to swim across the Arctic Ocean in a dry suit.

The Hutchesons' Grammar pupil raised nearly 19,000 for the children's charity Well Child.

His mother Karen, 40, said she was "absolutely terrified" when he was away.

She said: "I am so glad he is back home, it was the longest 10 days of my life.

"It was a great achievement, I am very proud of him.

"He's always liked adventure, it is the first and I am sure it won't be the last.

"It'll be the South Pole next or Everest, this is his dream and I am sure he'll follow it."


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