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Alone in Antarctica

The First Woman to Ski Solo Across the Southern Ice

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September 8, 2015 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 320 Pages | ISBN 9781619025769
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“Felicity Aston ventures into even more extreme climates when she sets out to become the first woman to ski solo across Antarctica. Her memoir, Alone in Antarctica, brings to life the terror, the wonder, and the craziness of her two-month ordeal.” —National Geographic

In the whirling noise of our advancing technological age, we are seemingly never alone, never out-of-touch with the barrage of electronic data and information.

Felicity Aston, physicist and meteorologist, took two months off from all human contact as she became the first woman — and only the third person in history – to ski across the entire continent of Antarctica alone. She did it, too, with the simple apparatus of cross-country, without the aids used by her prededecessors – two Norwegian men – each of whom employed either parasails or kites.

Aston’s journey across the ice at the bottom of the world asked of her the extremes in terms of mental and physical bravery, as she faced the risks of unseen cracks buried in the snow so large they might engulf her and hypothermia due to brutalizing weather. She had to deal, too, with her emotional vulnerability in face of the constant bombardment of hallucinations brought on by the vast sea of whiteness, the lack of stimulation to her senses as she faced what is tantamount to a form of solitary confinement.

Like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Felicity Aston’s Alone in Antarctica becomes an inspirational saga of one woman’s battle through fear and loneliness as she honestly confronts both the physical challenges of her adventure as well as her own human vulnerabilities.

FELICITY ASTON is the first and only woman in the world to ski alone across Antarctica. The 35-year-old British expedition leader, public speaker and freelance travel writer from Kent also led the 2009 Commonwealth Expedition to the South Pole, the first British women’s team across Greenland; this became the subject of her first book, Call of the White, a finalist in the Banff Mountain Book Competition in 2011. Outside Magazine named her one of their 2012 Adventurers of the Year. Felicity lives in Birchington-on-Sea, Kent, in the UK.

Praise

“Felicity Aston ventures into even more extreme climates when she sets out to become the first woman to ski solo across Antarctica. Her memoir, Alone in Antarctica, brings to life the terror, the wonder, and the craziness of her two-month ordeal.” —National Geographic (named one of the best travel reads of Fall 2014)

“Have you been waffling over whether to book that long-overdue vacation? Well, here is a book about a woman who fucking skied across Antarctica by herself. Should give you the push needed for that Caribbean cruise, at the very least.” —Jezebel

“Aston’s memoir gives the reader a good sense of her isolation, her determination, and her fragility…. Aston doesn’t overdramatize her adventure—she favors straightforward descriptions over breathless prose—but she still pulls us in and makes us feel as though we are with her, at the freezing-cold bottom of the world.” —Booklist

“The author tells her story with great urgency, duly noting the many challenges she faced…  It is obvious from the narrative that the author both craves and fears solitude; it’s what takes her to the edge, a dark and creepy place of choking panic that occasionally touches on a madness that comes seemingly out of nowhere… A quick-reading account of a spectacular and appalling journey.” —Kirkus

“An extraordinary journey of solitude and determination.” —Ben Fogle, author of The Teatime Islands, Offshore, Crossing, and The Race to the Pole.

“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, author of Killer Elite and My Heroes

“Her achievement is remarkable.” —The Daily Mail

“Admirable, emotional and enchanting… a must-read.” —Wanderlust

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