Alone in Antarctica: The First Woman to Ski Solo Across the Southern Ice Hardcover – 14 Oct 2014
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Well written, highly recommended.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A gripping account of her epic journey by a very courageous woman. A book very well worth reading.Published 6 months ago by xris
Absolutely brilliant book. A must read for all interested in Antarctica.Published 9 months ago by Jellison
Simply phenomenal - you feel like you're in the tent with Felicity!Published 9 months ago by Miss Danielle Stewart
Hav'nt read it, changed my mind when ordering and cancelled purchase. They took the money but I suppose as I had cancelled was not delivered.Published 15 months ago by philip b