Woman Skis Solo Across Antarctica

Fifty-nine day trek breaks record
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2012 11:55 AM CST
Felicity Aston takes a picture of herself at Union Glacier days before she traveled to her starting point on the Ross Ice Shelf for a solo trek across Antarctica, Nov. 19, 2011.   (AP Photo/Kaspersky ONE Trans-antarctic Expedition/Kaspersky Lab, File)

(Newser) – British adventurer Felicity Aston became the first woman to ski across Antarctica today, finishing a 59-day, 1,084-mile trek across the continent, the AP reports. She made the trip using only her own muscle power, something no person traveling alone has ever done—though a couple managed it once. She started out at the Leverett Glacier on Nov. 25, and wound up declaring success at the Hercules Inlet, where she huddled in a tent to avoid a bout of bad weather and await a plane that would return her to a base camp.

"It's all a little bit overwhelming. After days and days to get here, I seem to have arrived all in a rush. I don't really feel prepared for it," she said in a phone call broadcast online. "It feels amazing to be finished and yet overwhelmingly sad that it's over at the same time."

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