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Wilmette Teen Travels 3,600 Miles to Geographic North Pole and Swims in Arctic Ocean

Teen girl travels to the North Pole and swims in Artic Ocean.

May 18, 2012 - PRLog -- After traveling over 3,600 miles, Anna Sweitzer, 16, of Wilmette flew to the geographic North Pole last month accompanied by her father and a team of explorers from all over the world.  While most teenagers her age were planning for prom, Anna was planning her expedition to the seldom-traveled, remote location of 90 degrees north.

The team flew from Longyearbyen, Norway to 89 degrees, 30 minutes north.  From there, they were helicoptered to the geographic North Pole, located at 90 degrees North.  Pressure ridges and below zero temperatures did not stop Anna from braving one of the most extreme climates on Earth.

Anna commemorated the experience by taking a (chilly!) plunge into the Arctic Ocean wearing a specialized ‘dry suit’ for protection.  Reaching the North Pole was a milestone for not only Anna, but her family, as well; she is the last of five to visit the destination.  Her father, Rick Sweitzer, runs Wilmette-based Polar Explorers, the first company to lead an expedition to the North Pole (by dogsled) for amateur adventurers.  Anna is already busy making plans to join her father again, as the company will travel to the South Pole later this year.

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