By Joanna Lumley, Felicity Aston
Author note: Joanna Lumley (Foreword)
In the whirling noise of our advancing technological age, we're doubtless by no means by myself, by no means out-of-touch with the barrage of digital info and information.
Felicity Aston, physicist and meteorologist, took months off from all human touch as she grew to become the 1st girl -- and purely the 3rd individual in historical past – to ski around the complete continent of Antarctica by myself. She did it, too, with the easy gear of cross-country, with out 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 realm requested of her the extremes when it comes to psychological and actual bravery, as she confronted the hazards of unseen cracks buried within the snow so huge they may 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 massive 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 wade through worry and loneliness as she in truth confronts either the actual demanding situations of her experience, in addition to her personal human vulnerabilities.
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Extra resources for Alone in Antarctica: The First Woman To Ski Solo Across The Southern Ice
If the vehicles were already on the glacier, the convoy would be far enough ahead of me that I wouldn’t see them at any point but would I see evidence that they had passed through? I realised with resignation that whatever the outcome, it was out of my hands and I would have to adjust my expectations to fit whatever I found. The next time the cloud cleared we had flown on past the narrow strait of the Leverett and were heading towards the coast. Antarctic coastlines are notoriously elusive and controversial.
It happened again a few days later. ’ I looked at him blankly for a second, wondering how he could possibly know. Then I realised that in the entranceway behind me a sledge and a pair of skis were propped against the wall and a large kit bag was spilling an assortment of goggles, jackets and boots over the floor. To get to the doorbell he’d had to step over a large box of fuel bottles and cooking pots. ‘Yes, I guess so,’ I answered with a smile. ‘Ah, thought as much,’ he said. ’ He handed me my post and was gone.
As I moved around my sledges attempting to shepherd my brain into focusing on pitching my tent and organising my equipment, I didn’t seem able to shake off the quiet. I felt like a large, noisy, cumbersome interloper on an otherwise perfectly blended landscape. I found 48 PAYING ATTENTION myself moving unnecessarily softly as if frightened of disturbing the calm around me. Every instinct tightened to the point that I felt brittle, as if a sudden movement would crack my bones. Pitching my tent took twice as long as it should have done.
Alone in Antarctica: The First Woman To Ski Solo Across The Southern Ice by Joanna Lumley, Felicity Aston