The Kaspersky ONE Trans-Antarctic Expedition is a landmark solo expedition and a world first. British explorer, Felicity Aston (33), will embark on a 1700km, 65-day ski journey in order to become the first woman in the world to cross the Antarctic alone. By completing the journey Felicity will also be the first British woman to traverse Antarctica. However, this journey is about more than records. The expedition aims to instil a spirit of adventure, aspiration and innovation as well as understand more about what motivates individuals to achieve.
Felicity will fly into Antarctica from Punta Arenas, Chile and spend a few days at the base camp operated by Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE). ALE will provide all safety and communication cover during the expedition. She will then be flown to the Ross Ice Shelf at the foot of the Leverett Glacier from where she will start her journey. Skiing up the Leverett Glacier, through the Transantarctic mountains she will climb onto the Polar Plateau and head for the South Pole. After collecting a resupply of food and fuel at the Pole, Felicity will continue across the Polar Plateau to the coast of Antarctica at the edge of the Ronne Ice Shelf. Arriving at Hercules Inlet, Felicity will have traversed the entire Antarctic continent.
Spending around 70 days alone in the featureless landscape of Antarctica will require incredible mental strength and motivation, so it is important that Felicity is mentally as well as physically prepared for the expedition. Dr Stephen Pack is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire specializing in Sport and Exercise Psychology. His particular research interest lies in perceptions of stress and coping, and the link between physical activity and psychological well-being. Dr Pack has worked with Felicity to prepare her for the months of isolation she will experience and will also be using the podcasts and journal entries recorded by Felicity during the expedition as part of his research. He hopes to chart her mental as well as physical journey in order to learn something about what motivates individuals to achieve.
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Felicity has enjoyed generous support from Chestfield Rotary Club and has been made an honorary member. Felicity’s first account of the expedition on return to her home county of Kent will be at the annual Rotary fundraising lecture on 9th March 2012 held at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.kent.ac.uk/gulbenkian/theatre/shows/2012/march/2012-03-09-felicity-aston.html
A grant-awarding charity which was established in 1993 to perpetuate the memory of the Transglobe Expedition by supporting humanitarian, scientific or educational projects which follow in the expedition’s tradition of adventure and perseverance.