(01/25/12) Congratulations to Felicity! She has now officially become the first woman to traverse the Antarctic alone. After 1744km and 59 days, she has reached Hercules Inlet on the Ronne Ice Shelf and completed her journey. Due to bad weather, she will be spending a final night alone on the ice before a plane takes her back to civilisation tomorrow – and the promise of red wine and hot shower!
(01/08/12) Update: Felicity made it to the South Pole! She was accomplished half the amazing journey. She still has alot of ground to cover, which will most likely be more challenging than the first part of the trip. She has to reach her destination by January 26, which is when her flight departs. She has been told that they may be able to delay a couple of days, but due to the weather, that would be the most time they could give her. So, we wish her luck as she tackles the last leg of her Antarctica Adventure. Go Felicity!
(12/27/11) This is an update on my earlier post about British adventurer, Felicity Aston, who set out 26 days ago on her 70-day adventure trek. She is skiing across the Antarctica continent and if successful, will be the first person using only muscle power to cross Antarctica alone. Her goal is to complete the 1,000-mile journey by late January. If she makes it, she will also set a record for the longest solo polar expedition by a woman. At this stage, she is a little behind schedule due to some bad weather but is due to reach the Pole at any time. She remains in good spirits, thanks in part to her Twitter followers and home support team.
I have spent three weeks aboard a Russian research vessel exploring Antarctica, so I know a bit about what Aston is facing (except for the skiing across a 1,000-mile frozen tundra part–I can’t even imagine that!) I am rooting for her and will keep you posted as to her progress. Or see for yourself at www.kasperskyonetransantarcticexpedition.com
(12/2/11)A 33-year-old British woman has just begun her journey across the desolate continent of Antarctica. She is making the trek on skis. If she succeeds, she will be the first person using only muscle power to cross Antarctica alone. Also, if she manages to complete the ten-week journey, she will set a record for the longest solo polar expedition by a woman. According to Felicity Aston, “I’ve been preparing for this for ten years and only now do I feel capable of this.” Aston is no novice to this sort of experience. She has tested herself on several occasions, including running across the Sahara Desert. Having spent time in Antarctica during my adventures, I am very interested in how this turns out. I hope she succeeds! I’ll be providing periodic updates, but if you’d like to keep track, you can follow her adventure at www.kasperskyonetransantarcticexpedition.com