Call of the White: Taking the World to the South Pole Paperback – 7 Mar 2011
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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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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.
We were delighted to have the author sign our copy when she talked about her solo trip recently. Excellent read!
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.Read more ›
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BrilliNt book if you are interested in any way in adventure or Antartica.Published 15 months ago by mary mt
Very much enjoyed this well written book,just a shame not to have a few photos in the kindle version. Would have been nice to put faces to names. Read morePublished 15 months ago by blac1
Great read as is her other book about her sole Antarctic crossing in 56 days. A great adventurer and a fine public speaker.Published 21 months ago by R
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 disappointedPublished on 20 April 2013 by UV
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 morePublished on 18 April 2012 by Sarah Hodgetts