Felicity Aston

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Felicity Aston

Explorer, Scientist and Author

Felicity Aston 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 do so purely by muscle power without the aid of kites or machines. ‘Outside Magazine’ – the most popular adventure sport magazine in the US - named her a 2012 Adventurer of the Year and she has recently been given the 2014 Women of Discovery Courage Award.

In 2009 she led the 38-day, 911km Kaspersky Lab… 

Felicity Aston 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 do so purely by muscle power without the aid of kites or machines. ‘Outside Magazine’ – the most popular adventure sport magazine in the US - named her a 2012 Adventurer of the Year and she has recently been given the 2014 Women of Discovery Courage Award.

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. The team included women from Brunei Darussalam, Cyprus, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore, New Zealand. Felicity was responsible for selecting and training 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. Her second book, ‘Alone in Antarctica’ was published in 2013.

Previously, Felicity has led several other notable expeditions including the first British women’s crossing of Greenland, a 700km winter crossing of Lake Baikal in a Siberian winter and an adventurous expedition in Iceland for young people with a brain injury. She was also part of the first, ever, all-female team to complete the Polar Challenge, a 500km endurance race to the magnetic north pole, has completed the notorious Marathon Des Sables, a 150-mile foot race across the Sahara and has recently returned from a 35,000km drive in a Land Rover Defender to the Pole of Cold (the coldest inhabited place in the world) in the far northeast of Siberia.

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. 

Feedback:

“Felicity delivered perfectly and attendees loved it.” - Microsoft

"Your messages truly resonated with our audience and their level of engagement was clearly illustrated by the number of questions asked." - Goldman Sachs

"I have been in banking now for over 25 years, and have seen many styles and techniques in management, but I can say that I now have a few new thoughts to add to the mix, so thank you." – Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

“Absolutely delightful…we were all wishing she could have spoken for longer.” – The Open University

“Lots of relevance to our endeavours and a very interesting perspective. Wonderful.” – The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

“Felicity managed to captivate a multicultural and diverse audience whilst delivering key and inspiring messages … a perfect tailor made speech where all participants find something to go home with.” – Millicom International Cellular

"Your messages truly resonated with our audience and their level of engagement was clearly illustrated by the number of questions asked"  - Goldman Sachs

"...a persuasive example of how determination, planning and sheer hard work can lead to the achievement of a common goal. We were left in awe."  - Price Waterhouse Coopers

"..what she delivered met my expectations 100%"  - Boehringer Ingelheim

"...a most gripping and humourous presentation of your experiences which I shall remember for a long time to come."  Coregeo Ltd

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Latest News

Felicity Aston's New Book in August

Felicity Aston's New Book in August

"Alone in Antartica" to be published in August 2013… read more

Alone In Antarctica out now!

Alone In Antarctica out now!

Felicity Aston, the first and only woman in the world… read more

Pole of Cold Exhibition

Pole of Cold Exhibition

Felicity Aston's latest exhibition at the RGS… read more

Books

Call of The White

Call of The White

Taking the World to the South Pole…

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