Palo Alto native becomes youngest man in the world to ski to South Pole

December 26, 2013 3:42:19 PM PST
A 19-year-old Palo Alto native is now officially the youngest man in the world to ski to the South Pole.

Parker Liautaud and his expedition partner reached their destination on Christmas Eve and set a new speed record in the process.

It took both Yale students 18 days, 4 hours and 43 minutes to make the nearly 400-mile trek.

They set out on Dec. 6 to study climate change and walked from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole with temperatures at points dipping 89-degrees below zero.

When asked what he wanted to eat when he gets home, Parker answered simply -- pizza.