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 by myself, by no means out-of-touch with the barrage of digital facts and information.
Felicity Aston, physicist and meteorologist, took months off from all human touch as she grew to become the 1st girl -- and basically the 3rd individual in historical past – to ski around the whole continent of Antarctica by myself. She did it, too, with the straightforward gear of cross-country, with out 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 dangers of unseen cracks buried within the snow so huge they could engulf her and hypothermia because of brutalizing climate. She needed to deal, too, together with her emotional vulnerability in face of the consistent bombardment of hallucinations as a result of the tremendous sea of whiteness, the shortcoming 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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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 was haunted by a conversation I’d had some months previously with an extremely knowledgeable friend at the Royal Geographical Society who advises almost everyone on every aspect of all types of expeditions. Sitting in the historic brick building of the Society surrounded by wood panelling, shelves of leatherbound books of exploration and the smell of ageing chart paper, I talked about my expedition plans. When I mentioned going alone her reaction was immediate. ‘Oh no, Felicity. Don’t go alone.
I strained at the range of my restricted view through the windows to spot any gap in the cloud – then suddenly it was there. Beneath me, unmistakably, was the Leverett Glacier. It looked even smaller in actuality than it had on the maps. A tiny channel of white, sandwiched between tall barriers of rock. I stared fixated, burning the image into my memory. Ice clung to the sides of the peaks channelling the glacier in cataracts of irregular blocks, but there were no frightening rib cages of crevasses to be seen.
Alone in Antarctica: The First Woman To Ski Solo Across The Southern Ice by Joanna Lumley, Felicity Aston