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Felicity Aston
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7 Mar 2011
Could you ski to the South Pole? That was the challenge that British Adventurer, Felicity Aston put to women from around the Commonwealth as she set out to create the most international all-female expedition ever to the South Pole. The team would not be experienced explorers but ‘ordinary’ women who wanted inspire others to follow their dreams or make a change for the better in their lives. She received more than 800 applications and embarked on a three-month journey around the world to interview candidates. ‘What is skiing?’ was the question that greeted her in Ghana. At the close of 2009, Felicity led a team from places as diverse as Jamaica, India, Singapore and Cyprus – some of whom had never even seen snow or spent the night in a tent before joining the expedition – on a 900 km skiing trek across the Antarctic, one of the toughest and most notoriously hazardous journeys on the planet. Eighty-mile-an-hour winds ripped through base camp; frostbite and injuries were an everyday occurrence; deadly crevasses emerged from the cracking ice beneath their feet. But they also shared beliefs, ideas, philosophies and laughter, made lasting memories and broke no less than six World Records.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale; 1 edition (7 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184953134X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849531344
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Felicity Aston is the first and only woman in the world to ski alone across Antarctica. The 35-year-old British expedition leader, public speaker and freelance travel writer from Kent also led the 2009 Commonwealth Expedition to the South Pole, the first British women's team across Greenland, and completed the infamous Marathon Des Sables across the Sahara. She previously worked as a meteorologist in the Antarctic for three years as well as completing expeditions in Siberia, Quebec, Iceland and the Canadian Arctic.

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'… author Felicity Aston describes how she led an expedition of "ordinary women" from all over the world - including some who had never seen snow - on one of the world's toughest journeys, skiing to the South Pole. The results: frostbite, injuries, hardships - and also newfound persistence, strength, and friendship.' (Publishers Weekly (USA))

About the Author

Felicity Aston has spent over a decade travelling, working and living all over the Polar Regions. In 2009 she led the most international team of women ever to ski to the South Pole; this became the subject of her first book, Call of the White, a finalist in the Banff Mountain Book Competition in 2011. Outside Magazine, the leading adventure-travel magazine in the US, named her one of their 2012 Adventurers of the Year.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid adventure book 14 Dec 2013
Aston has a vision to take a small team of women from Commonwealth countries around the world on an Antarctic expedition, and after being promised support from The Winston Churchill Support Trust sets about selecting members.

She posts advert for candidates and goes to Ghana, India, Cyprus, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei and New Zealand. Having whittled down around 800 applicants to 15 for a weeks training and selection in Norway. For some of the ladies this was a baptism by ice as they had never seen snow or experienced cold weather. She describes the emotion dilemma of selecting the final team, and telling those who would not be going.

With her team selected, she has the stress of trying to manage the team , the fundraising and the logistics of getting all to New Zealand for further training. She drops the New Zealand Candidate, after this as she feels that she wold be battling her throughout the expedition.

And so to the frozen continent. She finally makes it with her team, and they have several days acclimatising to the harsh environment. One member has t drop out, and following approval from the authorities they set off. The journey to the pole is mostly straightforward, there is the odd mishap, and flared temper, but these women are here for a purpose, and there are determined to make it.

It is a heartwarming book, Antarctica is harsh unforgiving environment, that the smallest of errors can be fatal, or cause serious injury. These women from diverse backgrounds became the first from some nations ever to get to the South Pole, and the first to ski there as well. Aston says at the end, if anyone says that you can't do something, remember this moment and know that you can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Call of White 20 April 2013
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Not a bit interested in snow and ice, but I heard the author speaking and she is so animated, smiley and easy to listen to. I had to get the book and was NOT NOT NOT disappointed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 27 Mar 2013
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A remarkable book by a remarkable woman. I've heard Felicity lecture a couple of times and her talks are always enthralling. This is one of those occasions when the book is even better that the talks. What she undertook even to get the expidition together, choosing the participants, obtaining the sponsorship, is an incredible achievment in itself and well beyond the abilitiy and determination of most people. To then successfully lead the expedition of novices across Antarctica is a testimony to her personal skills, her ability, detiermination, motivation and pastoral care. It's a gripping read throughout.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected 2 Feb 2013
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In many of these adventure explorer books, the first one-third can be interesting. Planning the expedition, getting a team together, fighting for sponsorship - this stuff is usually interesting. Then the expedition sets off and it's just page after page of 'oh my god, we could have been killed!'. But by focusing on the individual women on the team and how the environment affects each personality differently, Aston keeps up the pace and holds your interest to the last page. This is a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and empowering story 29 Aug 2012
Call of the White: Taking the World to the South Pole, is Felicity Aston's account of her project to create a team of women from eight different Commonwealth countries, with no polar experience, and get them all to ski to the South Pole.

This included taking women from places like Jamaica, Brunei and Ghana - not countries typically associated with cold weather exploits - to Antarctica after only two short training expeditions in Norway and New Zealand. The culminating expedition was only the final step along a bumpy road which included trying to gather applications from far flung countries by giving interviews on local radio stations, obtaining visas and blessings from high commissions and embassies, and generally trying to coordinate a huge project across seven time zones using email and Skype.

I was particularly keen to read this book, firstly because I knew some of the participants - apart from Felicity, who I'd met a few times through BSES, Helen Turton, who represented the UK, is a friend of mine, and various other familiar names crop up throughout the book, Guy Risdon doing the first aid, and Steve Jones sorting their Antarctic Logistics. I was also drafted in to work as the UK Support for their expedition so had an added interest in hearing how it all went.

One of the things that struck me was just how they went through on the ice that never made it back to me. I was the one that took their phone calls and uploaded their blogs and podcasts to the website every day but most of the stories were still news to me. A testament to the professionalism and collective brave face of the team.

In fact, Aston's professional approach and leadership shine through throughout the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring story of the expedition process 18 May 2012
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I read this on the recommendation of a friend, and loved it. I have read loads of books about adventurous expeditions, but not often about such a diverse and potentially challenging team. A someone who has led expeditions on a much smaller and less hard core scale, I really enjoyed the description of the whole process, from putting the team together, raising the funds, completing the training, all the way through the actual polar journey to the successful finish. Many people see an expedition as just the bit where you take the awesome pictures, but often some of the defining moments are in the long long lead up, and I thought this was really put across throughout this expedition story. I started reading it on a weekend away on DofE expeditions with students from my school, and was digging it out of my tent to quote bits all weekend to them, even from the first few chapters...hopefully some of them will be inspired to read it too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, funny, unputdownable!
I've read a few travel books that never really lift off the page, but this one is different. I was hooked after the first page, and I read it straight through in two days. Read more
Published on 18 April 2012 by Sarah Hodgetts
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational!
I thoroughly enjoyed Call of the White, and gained a great respect for Felicity Aston! What an amazing task she took on to take such a diverse group on such a trip... Read more
Published on 18 April 2012 by Sunshineandrain
5.0 out of 5 stars Low on beards and testosterone
Given that most polar exploration books are about beards and testosterone, this was a refreshing change. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by A. J. Humphreys
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read - had trouble putting it down.
I really enjoyed this book although I wasn't sure if I would. It was written very well, so you really felt you got to know the different girls in the team, and also appreciated... Read more
Published on 14 April 2012 by RosS
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and inspiring
a throuroughly enjoyable read - Felicity's modest, down-to-earth account of an incredible feat really had me emotionally invested in the experience. Read more
Published on 13 April 2012 by jo_c
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, honest and unforgettable
The Call of the White is ultimately a tale of friendship and courage- as Felicity Aston takes women from the Commonwealth to the South Pole to show them that life can be much... Read more
Published on 12 April 2012 by LucyKarsten
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, must read!
An amazing adventure and an inspirational read about a unique project to offer a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to a handful of volunteers from around the globe.
Published on 8 April 2012 by JWass
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