Felicity Aston MBE is a living legend in the world of the cold... She is the first and only woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. The 1744km, 59-day journey completed in January 2012 also made her the first person in the world to traverse the continent purely by muscle power without the aid of kites or machines. In 2015 she was awarded the Queen’s Polar Medal for services in Antarctica - making her one of very few women ever to be given the honour – and was appointed MBE for services to Polar Exploration. In 2009 she led the 38-day, 911km Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition, the largest and most international women’s team ever to ski to the South Pole. She led the first British women’s crossing of Greenland, was also part of the first, ever, all-female team to complete the Polar Challenge, a 500km endurance race to the magnetic north pole, and she led a 35,000km expedition in a Land Rover Defender to the Pole of Cold (the coldest inhabited place in the world) in the far northeast of Siberia.
Most importantly, Felicity was our Award winner in 2008 for her 700km journey across Lake Baikal on the ice.