The first woman to solo across Antarctica: polar explorer Felicity Aston


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Felicity Aston is a British Polar Explorer living in Reykjavik, Iceland. In 2012 she became the first person in the world to ski alone across Antarctica. The journey of 1744 km (1080 miles) took her 59 days and gave her a place in the book of Guinness World Records.
More than a decade before, her first journey to Antarctica was as a meteorologist with the British Antarctic Survey to monitor climate and ozone activity. She went on to complete numerous journeys in Antarctica and other polar regions of the world including Greenland and Siberia.

Felicity regularly speaks to audiences around the world about her expedition experiences as well as polar science, Antarctica and meteorology. She has written three books which have now been translated into several languages.
In this episode she talks about (in order):

  • Her career
  • How she puts together expeditions
  • What type of people she selects
  • Her leadership philosophy
  • Why Antartica is so amazing
  • Why it's so difficult to navigate during polar trips
  • Being utterly alone on the fringe of the world
  • Her mental training
  • Her physical training
  • Projects she's working on now

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