Felicity Aston

Explorer, Scientist and Author

Felicity Aston, is the first and only woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. The 1084-mile, 59-day journey completed in January 2012 also made her the first person in the world to do so without the aid of kites or machines. A top motivational speaker, she was named by ‘Outside Magazine’ as a 2012 Adventurer of the Year, and she was entered into the Book of Guinness World Records.

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    English

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    United Kingdom (UK)

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Living in Antarctica

Packed with stunning images, this presentation provides a tangible impression of what it is like to live and work in Antarctica. Sharing her own experiences of overwintering and living  for 30 consecutive months on a British Antarctic research station, Felicity describes life...

Packed with stunning images, this presentation provides a tangible impression of what it is like to live and work in Antarctica. Sharing her own experiences of overwintering and living  for 30 consecutive months on a British Antarctic research station, Felicity describes life as part of a small scientific community of just 20, completely isolated from the rest of the world for 7 months of the year – the wildlife, the scenery, the challenges and the science. Felicity provides a clear explanation of the research being undertaken in Antarctica and why it is globally important that this science is allowed to continue.

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Alone in Antarctica

In 2012 Felicity became the first woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. The 1084-mile journey took her 59 days skiing unaccompanied through a monotonous and hostile landscape. Describing her record-making expedition she reveals – with astonishing honesty &#...

In 2012 Felicity became the first woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. The 1084-mile journey took her 59 days skiing unaccompanied through a monotonous and hostile landscape. Describing her record-making expedition she reveals – with astonishing honesty – the fear, the doubt and the loneliness of the experience, as well as the haunting beauty of the landscape she witnessed. Sharing her privileged view of this most mysterious of continents, Felicity presents a fresh and unique glimpse into the heart of Antarctica.

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About Keynote Speaker Felicity Aston

British explorer, Felicity Aston, is the first and only woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. The 1084-mile, 59-day journey completed in January 2012 also made her the first person in the world to do so without the aid of kites or machines. Named by ‘Outside Magazine’ as a 2012 Adventurer of the Year, she was entered into the Book of Guinness World Records.  Elected Fellow of both The Explorers Club in Now York and the Royal Geographical Society in London, in 2015 she was awarded an MBE and The Queen’s Polar Medal by HM Queen Elizabeth II for services in Antarctica, making her one of few women ever to receive these prestigious honours.

Trained as a Physicist and Meteorologist, Felicity’s first polar experience was as a scientist with the British Antarctic Survey. Based for three years on a remote research station on the Antarctic Peninsula, her job was to monitor climate and ozone. Since then, Felicity has led several other notable expeditions including a 22,000-mile journey by Land Rover to the Pole of Cold, the first British women’s ski crossing of Greenland, a 450-mile winter ski crossing of Lake Baikal in Siberia and an adventurous expedition in Iceland for young people with a brain injury. She has also completed the notorious Marathon Des Sables, a 150-mile foot race across the Sahara. In 2009 she led the 38-day, 600-mile Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition, the largest and most international women’s team ever to ski to the South Pole. The team included women from Brunei Darussalam, Cyprus, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore and New Zealand. Felicity was responsible for selecting, training and leading this diverse, multicultural team of ‘ordinary’ women for one of the most arduous journeys on Earth. Her book about the expedition, ‘Call of the White: Taking the World to the South Pole’ was published in March 2011 and was a finalist in the Banff Mountain Book Competition that year. Her second book, ‘Alone in Antarctica’ was released in the US by Counterpoint in 2014 and was recommended as ‘Best Fall Read’ by National Geographic.

When not on expedition, Felicity writes for several international publications on science, engineering and the environment, and has presented two major series’ for the BBC, the first involved flying an airship across the United States looking at cloud physics and the second saw her retracing the route of the 1898 Yukon Gold Rush.

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