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31 January 2012

Felicity Aston crosses Antarctica in 59 days


Trust Ambassador Felicity Aston has walked from the Ross Ice Shelf to the Ronne Ice Shelf by way of the South Pole in 59 days.
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Posted by: Rod

Felicity Aston arrived at Hercules Inlet on the Ronne Shelf Ice on 22 January after skiing 1744km in 59 days from the Leverett Glacier falls into the Ross Ice Shelf by way of the South Pole.

She is the first woman to have completed this feat alone.

In somewhat emotional recording on ipadio she said "It's been the most amazing day.  It's all a little overwhelming. I don't really feel prepared for it. It feels amazing to be finished. And yet overwhelmingly sad that it's over at the same time. I can't quite believe that I'm here, that I've crossed Antarctica."

As an Ambassador of the British Antarctic Monument Trust Felicity has been raising funds for the Trust. The Trust was to set up to commemorate those who have explored Antarctica especially those who did not return.

The Trust has raised money to install a memorial in St Paul's Cathedral. A circular disk of Welsh slate with the map of Antarctica set in marble inset has the inscription "To those who lost their lives in Antarctica in pursuit of science to benefit us all."

She tweeted on arrival at Hercules Inlet "Just seen that the fundraising target for BAMT has been reached - and exceeded. So excited for them! Big thanks to everyone who donated."  

Funds now stand at £2471.00 plus £180.25 Gift Aid against a target of £1700. Rod Rhys Jones, Chairman of the Trust sent a message of congratulations and thanks.

When a plane landed on the 23rd of January to take Felicity back to civilisation, she was greeted by a banner, featuring the faces of her fans! A Facebook competition, run on the Kaspersky Lab Facebook page, invited users to enter for the chance to feature on the banner – and be amongst the first faces Felicity would see after 60 days of solitude.When

Following a few days’ rest at Hilleberg, Felicity returned to Chile to enjoy the heat of the sun, hot showers and a comfy bed before she arrived in the UK today, 31st January.

If you would like to show your admiration for Felicity and support the Trust you can do so here Just Giving website .


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