Alone in Antarctica: The First Woman To Ski Solo Across The by Joanna Lumley, Felicity Aston

By Joanna Lumley, Felicity Aston

Author note: Joanna Lumley (Foreword)

In the whirling noise of our advancing technological age, we're likely by no means on my own, by no means out-of-touch with the barrage of digital information and information.

Felicity Aston, physicist and meteorologist, took months off from all human touch as she turned the 1st lady -- and merely the 3rd individual in historical past – to ski around the complete continent of Antarctica on my own. She did it, too, with the straightforward equipment of cross-country, with no the aids utilized by her prededecessors – Norwegian males – every one of whom hired both parasails or kites.

Aston’s trip around the ice on the backside of the area requested of her the extremes when it comes to psychological and actual bravery, as she confronted the hazards of unseen cracks buried within the snow so huge they could engulf her and hypothermia as a result of brutalizing climate. She needed to deal, too, along with her emotional vulnerability in face of the consistent bombardment of hallucinations as a result of the mammoth sea of whiteness, the inability of stimulation to her senses as she confronted what's tantamount to a sort of solitary confinement.

Like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Felicity Aston’s Alone in Antarctica turns into an inspirational saga of 1 woman’s struggle through worry and loneliness as she in truth confronts either the actual demanding situations of her event, in addition to her personal human vulnerabilities.

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Felicity_aston Struggling this morning. As I opened my eyes on that first morning alone in Antarctica, I could feel my mind swinging rapidly between sentimental despair and numb practicality. I attempted to implement some resilient thinking but marshalling my rampaging emotions seemed to require too much energy and I quickly gave up. I moved around the small shelter, zipping up bags, packing away items I wouldn’t need again that morning as I went and putting 54 LOO-JW on extra layers. I couldn’t help but think how different it was to sharing a tent with three other women as I had the last time I skied to the Pole.

The narrow but bulky blue sledges that had seemed so large and ungainly next to my tent now appeared pathetically tiny 39 ALONE IN ANTARCTICA beside the plane. Having chosen to use smaller, plastic sledges I found I couldn’t fit the sheer volume of equipment I needed into one alone. Instead I had two identical sledges connected in series with a custom-made pivot. They looked more like a child’s toboggan than a serious bit of polar equipment – but looks can be deceptive. I had used similar sledges on nearly all my previous polar expeditions and found that as well as being extremely tough, they had two other advantages over the better looking fibreglass versions: they are lighter and much, much cheaper.

I had a meal to cook but the very thought of food made me feel sick – my nerves were still quivering in my stomach and the tension made it feel bloated and full. I glanced at my watch and realised that it was almost midnight even though the sun was still radiating brightly through the side of the tent. Grabbing one of my colour-coded bags I took out my satellite phone and switched it on. It was no bigger than my hand but was now my only contact with the world. 49 ALONE IN ANTARCTICA There were two calls I would make every day: one to Union Glacier to report my position, and the other to an automated ‘phonecast’ service.

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