At just 23, Felicity Aston left the UK to spend three years living and working in the Antarctic as a meteorologist with the British Antarctic Survey familiarizing herself with the conditions down there.
While there, she was part of the first all-female team to complete the Polar challenge, which is a 360-mile endurance race across the Canadian Arctic.
And a year later, Felicity led the first British women's crossing of the Greenland ice-sheet.
Since then she has gone on to lead numerous expeditions including the Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition, the largest and most international women's expedition ever to ski to the South Pole.
In 2012 she became the first woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone.
A quick preview:
What life is like working as a research scientist in Antarctica, and what it feels like to move there.
Antarctica is twice the size of Australia, to give you a sense of its enormity.
How her experiences prepared her to complete the ski journey across Antarctica alone.
What inspired the decision to go for it.
What the journey itself was like for Felicity, how long it took, and what it’s like to be out in the Antarctic wilderness alone.
How she managed her fear and emotions, how they helped her, and what she learned about her physical and emotional limits.
What it felt like to reach the end.
Why do adventurers downplay their accomplishments?
Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static
Become a Friend of the Show: Please subscribe and review!
It just takes a second and you can help the show increase its rankings on iTunes just by this simple and quick gesture. We’d be grateful for a review. Leave one here. If you do, click here to let me know so I can personally thank you!
If you have an idea for a podcast you would like to see or a question about an upcoming episode, email me! I’d love to hear from you.
Thank you so much for your support!