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Felicity Aston is the only woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. The 1744km, 59-day journey completed in 2012 also made her the first person in the world to traverse the continent purely by muscle power without the aid of kites or machines, earning her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
In 2009 Aston led the 38-day, 911km Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition, the largest and most international women’s team ever to ski to the South Pole. The team included women from Brunei Darussalam, Cyprus, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore, New Zealand and the UK. Aston was responsible for selecting and training this diverse, multicultural team of novice adventurers for one of the most arduous journeys on Earth.
Her book about the expedition, Call of the White: Taking the World to the South Pole was published in 2011 and was a finalist in the Banff Mountain Book Competition. She has written two further books, Alone in Antarctica and Chasing Winter: A journey to the Pole of Cold.
Previously, Aston has led several other notable expeditions including the first British women’s crossing of Greenland, a 700km winter crossing of Lake Baikal in Siberia, a 35,000km expedition in a Land Rover Defender to the Pole of Cold (the coldest inhabited place in the world) and an adventurous expedition in Iceland for young people with a brain injury.
Aston was also part of the first, ever, all-female team to complete the Polar Challenge, a 500km endurance race to the magnetic north pole, and has completed the notorious Marathon Des Sables, a 150-mile foot race across the Sahara. Most recently, Aston created and led the Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition which reached the top of the world by ski in April 2018.
Trained as a Physicist and Meteorologist, Aston’s first polar experience was as a scientist with the British Antarctic Survey. Based for three years on a remote research station on the Antarctic Peninsula, her job was to monitor climate and ozone.