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03 November 2011

BAMT ambassador Felicity Aston to cross Antarctica solo


Felicity Aston, one of our ambassadors, is to walk across Antarctica solo
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Posted by: Rod

Felicity AstonFelicity Aston is in the last stages of the preparation for her solo walk across the Antarctic from the Ross Ice Shelf to the Ronne Ice Shelf in the Wedell Sea.   She will be the first woman to attempt the challenge. Walking 1700kms in 65 days with a slim allowance of 5 days in event of bad weather. 

By completing the journey Felicity will be the first woman in the world to cross the Antarctic solo and the first British woman to traverse Antarctica. Felicity will also hold the world record for the longest solo journey made by a woman in the polar regions.

The route will take her up the Leverett Glacier to the South Pole - a route never before traversed - where she will pick up fresh supplies before the second and longer leg of her journey Northwards towards Hercules Inlet on the Ronne Ice Shelf. During this leg she will have one more resupply depot. 

Felicity Aston is a 33 year old explorer from Kent in south-east England embarking on a 1700km, 70-day ski in order to become the first woman in the world to cross Antarctica alone. By completing the journey Felicity will also be the first British woman to traverse Antarctica.

This journey is about more than records she says. "The expedition aims to instil a spirit of adventure, aspiration and innovation as well as understand more about what motivates individuals to achieve."

You can share every step of Felicity's adventure on the interactive map on the Kaspersky One Trans-Antarcic Expedition page. This page will link you to Felicity's telephone commentaries from the Antarctic on  ipadio here. There are links to Facebook and Twitter .

You can support Felicity and the British Antarctic Monument Trust by donating to her appeal on her page Felicity-Aston at JustGiving. She is aiming to raise £1700, one pound for every on of those 1700 kms.

One of the key sponsors of the  Kaspersky One Transantarctic Expedition is Kaspersky Lab , a developer of secure content and threat management computer software.

 

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