By Joanna Lumley, Felicity Aston
Author note: Joanna Lumley (Foreword)
In the whirling noise of our advancing technological age, we're possible 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 turned the 1st lady -- and merely 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 no the aids utilized by her prededecessors – Norwegian males – each 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 may engulf her and hypothermia because of brutalizing climate. She needed to deal, too, along with her emotional vulnerability in face of the consistent bombardment of hallucinations attributable to the sizeable sea of whiteness, the shortcoming of stimulation to her senses as she confronted what's tantamount to a kind of solitary confinement.
Like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Felicity Aston’s Alone in Antarctica turns into an inspirational saga of 1 woman’s plow through worry and loneliness as she truthfully confronts either the actual demanding situations of her event, in addition to her personal human vulnerabilities.
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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. It looked far more manageable than any of the other sweeping glaciers we had flown over and distinctly less terrifying. As I looked, I noticed a tiny dark thread running along the centre of the glacier, ending in a series of dark specks. At first I was confused, then I realised what I 45 ALONE IN ANTARCTICA was looking at; it was the SPOT traverse.
He’s seen expeditions come and go, succeed and fail; a level of experience that makes his opinion highly sought after. I knew him as someone who could be relied upon to give a brutally realistic assessment of any expedition plan. The day I went to see Steve at his home, the forested hills of the Cotswolds were such a vibrant green that they seemed to glow. The sunlight was tinged with lime as it filtered through the new season’s leaves that flashed past my open car windows. Summery tunes played on the radio as I swooped along narrow country lanes that plunged and twisted between the hills.
Despite this, the plan which had remained a rough idea for years had now, within the space of a few months, transformed into a viable prospect. Returning from Iceland, I realised that it was time to give my proposal the ultimate test – I needed to put it in front of Steve. Steve works for Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE), one of only two operators that provide flights into and around Antarctica for expeditions. For the past five years he had been the manager of ALE’s Antarctic basecamp.