Felicity Aston Crossed Antarctica
March 25, 2012 by staff
Felicity Aston Crossed Antarctica, Adventurer Felicity Aston is now officially the first woman to have crossed Antarctica on her own, and the first person ever to ski across the icy continent, using nothing but her own muscle power, the AP reported.
Aston spent 59 days dragging two gear-loaded sledges behind her, sleeping in a tent and keeping the public at home informed of her progress through Twitter and Facebook.
Aston left the Leverett Glacier and skied across the Transantarctic Mountains to the South Pole (most of the way against the wind), then headed across the Antarctic Plateau to the Hercules Inlet on the Ronne Ice Shelf, arriving ahead of schedule. There a plane picked her up and returned her to her base camp, where she’s been adjusting to a somewhat normal situation:
Back at the basecamp on Union Glacier and enjoying the wonders of semi-civilisation; wine, coffee, cake and a hot shower
- felicity_aston (@felicity_aston) January 23, 2012
And while most people wouldn’t take on a challenge of this scale and difficulty, the writer and adventurer notes that the solo life in the world’s largest (and coldest) desert has its advantages:
Having to remind myself of the rules now I’m not alone; no peeing wherever I stand, no talking to the sun, no snot or dribble on my face
- felicity_aston (@felicity_aston) January 24, 2012
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