By Joanna Lumley, Felicity Aston
Author note: Joanna Lumley (Foreword)
In the whirling noise of our advancing technological age, we're probably by no means on my own, by no means out-of-touch with the barrage of digital facts and information.
Felicity Aston, physicist and meteorologist, took months off from all human touch as she turned the 1st lady -- and in basic terms the 3rd individual in historical past – to ski around the whole continent of Antarctica on my own. She did it, too, with the straightforward equipment of cross-country, with no the aids utilized by her prededecessors – Norwegian males – each one of whom hired both parasails or kites.
Aston’s trip around the ice on the backside of the area requested of her the extremes by way of psychological and actual bravery, as she confronted the hazards of unseen cracks buried within the snow so huge they may engulf her and hypothermia because of brutalizing climate. She needed to deal, too, along with her emotional vulnerability in face of the consistent bombardment of hallucinations caused by the big sea of whiteness, the inability of stimulation to her senses as she confronted what's tantamount to a kind of solitary confinement.
Like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Felicity Aston’s Alone in Antarctica turns into an inspirational saga of 1 woman’s go through worry and loneliness as she in truth confronts either the actual demanding situations of her experience, in addition to her personal human vulnerabilities.
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The wind sent long streams of drift skidding along the ground toward the horizon as if all the loose material in Antarctica was being sucked northwards. It was far colder than it had been at Union Glacier because we were much higher. I squinted into the wind until my cheeks went numb, then turned and scanned the view in the opposite direction. The sky was choked with broad brushstrokes of cloud that flattened the light. Each layer had its own subtly different shade, giving the overall effect of gleaming like mother-of-pearl.
The message is then automatically uploaded onto the expedition website so that anyone can instantaneously listen to me describing my progress. I planned to record a message every day so that those who wanted to follow my expedition could hear directly from me about how things were going, but it was an entirely oneway form of communication. I dialled the number as I thought about what I wanted to say. I wasn’t sure that I was capable in that moment of being very eloquent. I was barely able to digest and understand the thoughts running through my brain, never mind translate them into words and package them into sentences.
I wasn’t sure that I was capable in that moment of being very eloquent. I was barely able to digest and understand the thoughts running through my brain, never mind translate them into words and package them into sentences. Regardless, I was aware that a lot of people would be eagerly awaiting my news and so I had to record something, even if it was just the bare facts of my arrival. Those who were most likely to listen to the message were friends, family and my parents as well as sponsors and the media, so I tried to sound as positive as possible, describing the scene around me and my excitement to be there.
Alone in Antarctica: The First Woman To Ski Solo Across The Southern Ice by Joanna Lumley, Felicity Aston