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Alone in Antarctica: The First Woman to Ski Solo Across the Southern Ice Hardcover – 14 Oct 2014

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint LLC (14 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619023474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619023475
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,442,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An extraordinary journey of solitude and determination'

(Ben Fogle)

'Felicity's dynamic and inspiring storytelling links us all to our own crossing, helping us all push beyond our fears to reach our goals. Her descriptions of the ice and her honesty of the feelings it brings forth, stir our love for that magnificent place and the lifestyle of the challenge - we want to return!'

(Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, polar explorers)

'Felicity's gripping adventure captures the thrill and fear of Antarctic exploration'

(Ranulph Fiennes)

'Resilient, brave, daring, foolhardy, admirable and hugely likeable'

(Joanna Lumley)

'her achievement is remarkable'

(The Daily Mail)

'admirable, emotional and enchanting… a must-read'

(Wanderlust) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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In 2011-12, Felicity Aston, a British explorer, walked on skies from the Ross Ice Shelf on one side of Antarctica to the Ronne Ice Shelf on the other side, a distance of 1,700 km, pulling everything she needed to survive on two connected sledges. She did this alone over a period of 59 days. She had just two resupply points; one at the Scott-Amundsen base at the South Pole and one further on at a place called Thiels Corner. The fact that she completed the coast-to-coast trek is, in itself, amazing, and to do so on her own is even more remarkable. "Alone in Antarctica" is her record of the trek and lays bare her emotions as she trudged through the hostile and sometimes terrifying terrain that constitutes the Antarctic continent.

Aston's narrative is a fascinating study of the effects of trekking alone over many weeks, over a hostile terrain in extreme weather conditions, and with no other persons or habitations close by. I am a long-distance walker and I have some appreciation of the effects of "alone-ness", as the author puts it, but I have never experienced the day-after-day extremes of solitude and I've not trekked over such a vast distance. Felicity Aston's ability to describe the environment and her emotions are, in places, both poetic and highly imaginative. I enjoyed her commentary immensely and empathised with her situation and reactions.

What I missed however were two things: a map (I created my own), and photographs inserted in the text rather than at the end so that I could "see" what the author was describing at the time.

For example, I would have liked in-text photographs of the following.

- The author after she had been flown down to and dropped off at the Ross Ice Shelf. The aircraft's pilot took a photograph.
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Felicity Aston is an understated heroine. Unlike some of her male counterparts she tells the story of her solo crossing of the Antartic on skis with emotion and vivid descriptions of the landscape we lesser mortals will never see . It is a story in which the small details of existence can become life threatening dramas. An example was the malfunction of her lighters at 4000 metres in the subzero temperatures, how she managed to heat her food is revealed and how chance had played its part . Her matter of fact description of the mistake she made laundering her underwear; the significant problem that a poorly aligned ski strap caused her;the need to tether her tent to prevent it blowing away in the high winds that we can't imagine. But what comes through is the experience of isolation, alone-ness, far from civilisation and the lack of possibility of timely rescue. She describes herself talking to the sun, being pursued by imagined bald men- dwarf like figures - a product of the sensory deprivation of an unchanging and featureless landscape. She tells why she is there attempting this first single transcontinental Antarctic expedition. It comes down to finding her own limits. Her story alone would be enough to satisfy most readers but her use of language is erudite and poetic. I wondered at the scenes she was describing and empathised with her . I cried when she cried too! Well done Felicity!
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Note to Amazon! This book is written by Felicity Aston. She is the one who made the journey. Joanne Lumley just wrote the forward!

I read this book after reading a review in Amazon and on this occasion I was not disappointed. Felicity Aston's achievement is astounding and her writing is both evocative and poetic. She manages to take you every step of the journey, sharing her emotions as she forces herself to "get out of the tent". I have read several books on Antartica, but with this book I really feel I understand something of this continent, appreciating its beauty, dangers and isolation. Felicity Aston captures so well what "alone" really means, a state which none of us can probably ever fuly appreciate. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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She is an accomplished speaker. If you get the chance don't hesitate to go. Her earlier book was excellent and if this book comes anywhere near her lecture account it will be first class. She writes from the heart.
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This is one of those books that are hard to put down.
I wanted to keep reading to see how this inspiring woman would cope with each day.
Being a young seventy three year old man, working a physically demanding eight hour day, my morning affirmation is Just get out of the tent.
A truly remarkable woman.
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How honest; to have the fortitude and courage to not only get out of the tent every day, but also to write so candidly of one's frailties, weaknesses and failures is admirable. It was so absorbing that I got a stress response reading it and had to take breaks. I honestly think that I would have completely lost the plot had I been in those circumstances. Ms Aston has my profound respect; thank you for the read.
Well written, highly recommended.
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I picked this book up thinking it might pass a few hours. Before I read it i looked at the reviews on amazon, to be honest I was sceptical that the book could be worth all 5 star reviews.well here is another one.
This book is beautifully written it has been well edited and it makes a fantastic read. the journey done by felicity would be hard enough for a team but to do it one her own is amazing.the mental battles that she went through are scary- she must be one tough woman.
definitely recommended i shall be buying a few copies for xmas presents
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