British Woman Becomes the First Person to Ski Across Antarctica Alone


If the winter weather is getting to you, imagine how British skier Felicity Aston must have felt. She just returned today from a solo ski expedition across Antarctica. She is the first woman—and first human—to complete such a journey alone. The trip took her 59 days, during which she was powered only by her own strength. She hauled two sledges over 1,084 miles, which is not too shabby! The 34-year-old woman from Kent, England, is a veteran of subzero treks, and she used to work at a British weather service base in Antarctica. After being picked up after her expedition, she said she'd been promised "A very long, very hot shower. It's something I haven't had in quite a long time now!" And also some very well-deserved red wine.

Woman sets record for solo Antarctic ski journey [USA Today]