[Reading] ➿ Alone in Antarctica ➶ Felicity Aston – Thomashillier.co.uk

Alone in Antarctica Download Alone In Antarctica By Felicity Aston Undercostruction.eu In The Whirling Noise Of Our Advancing Technological Age, We Are Seemingly Never Alone, Never Out Of Touch With The Barrage Of Electronic Data And Information.Felicity Aston, Physicist And Meteorologist, Took Two Months Off From All Human Contact As She Became The First Woman And Only The Third Person In History To Ski Across The Entire Continent Of Antarctica Alone She Did It, Too, With The Simple Apparatus Of Cross Country, Without The Aids Used By Her Prededecessors Two Norwegian Men Each Of Whom Employed Either Parasails Or Kites.Aston S Journey Across The Ice At The Bottom Of The World Asked Of Her The Extremes In Terms Of Mental And Physical Bravery, As She Faced The Risks Of Unseen Cracks Buried In The Snow So Large They Might Engulf Her And Hypothermia Due To Brutalizing Weather She Had To Deal, Too, With Her Emotional Vulnerability In Face Of The Constant Bombardment Of Hallucinations Brought On By The Vast Sea Of Whiteness, The Lack Of Stimulation To Her Senses As She Faced What Is Tantamount To A Form Of Solitary Confinement.Like Cheryl Strayed S Wild, Felicity Aston S Alone In Antarctica Becomes An Inspirational Saga Of One Woman S Battle Through Fear And Loneliness As She Honestly Confronts Both The Physical Challenges Of Her Adventure, As Well As Her Own Human Vulnerabilities.


10 thoughts on “Alone in Antarctica

  1. says:

    This book impressed me with the author s descriptions of the landscape and her experiences Many times I found myself pausing to read a phrase over again just because it was so pretty or clever She captures the severity of her extreme task and the c...


  2. says:

    DNF at page 75 I can cope no longer with the ghastly over sentimentality and amateur dramatics and the seemingly constant references to silence and bloating and nausea AND THERE IS NO MAP in this book WTF And there is no index either but there ARE pages of writing such as hanging gardens of snow blocks my fragile sense of well being continued to swim into wind past my aquarium of mountains wtf physical pall of loneliness it wasn t smooth but covered in a web of corrugations, reminding me of an organism under a microscope the silence crept back in, like water collecting in rock pools as the tide returns I nodded emphatically, my eyes wide in a caricature of the alarm I had felt as we had flown over them My stomach felt bloated with nerves. I was now revisted by the recognisable pall of loneliness The nausea returned too. With a heavy weight of dread in my stomach Panic screamed though my mind like...


  3. says:

    Good readable book of the first woman to walk across Antartica alone As with these first type people, I have loads of admiration, but less ability to directly relate Sorry, there s a bit of me that feels I should like to, but I m actually quite happy reading this with a mug of tea Maybe that s why books like Gavin Francis s excellent Empire Antartica, his account as serving a year as base doctor at the British science base was one of my favourites apart from him being a very good writer there was a sense of a slightly normal person in a fairly extraordinary place but which was still tangible to readers.But Aston is a human figure than most explorers and this is an engaging account of her time, and written with commendable brevity in most places I enjoyed her honesty and being quite open about her emotions going through the trek in a way that not all are and there may be a bit of gender stereotyping here Well it makes for a better read.So good o...


  4. says:

    I m in the throes of planning a section hike on the PCT I have never been tent camping before I want to read this book ten times over She wants you to leave with one piece of advice get out of the tent I love to walk I love to hike I m scared to camp but I m doing my research, working with my gear, and learning my style I sleep in ...


  5. says:

    Favorite quote It was clear to me that the success of my expedition had not depended on physical strength or dramatic acts of braver but on the fact that at least some progress however small had been made every single day It had not been about ...


  6. says:

    This was the best book I ve read in quite a while It was fascinating to learn a little about polar exploring and the impacts of isolation on the human psyche I found it really engaging that as much as I could never imagine taking on a challenge like the au...


  7. says:

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.It is a fascinating story of survival in an extreme environment, as well as, loneliness I enjoyed the book alot.


  8. says:

    I read this as part of my 2019 Reading Women Challenge it fulfilled the category of a book about a woman athlete This is Felicity Aston s book recounting her remarkable journey to become the first person to do a solo cross country ski across the continent of Antarctica It is at times quite harrowing and endlessly fascinating The setting itself is the main character of t...


  9. says:

    Read as the first book in our block s new book club Adventuring books are low on my like list Wild being one of my least favorite books of all time This was better at least Aston was experienced and prepared The book starts out slowly, but gets better toward the end She is slow to share the technical aspects of the journey that are of interest how do you go to the bathroom, who funded this whole thing, etc As the title states, the focus is on her being alone and what effect that has on her psyche I don t really understand the point of journeys like hers a lot of money that wasn t hers is spent on something that doesn t advance science or help other people and indeed puts others at risk were they to need to attempt to rescue her , so that colors ...


  10. says:

    Loved this account of her physical and emotional struggle Highly recommended I would like to see a map and some detail of her gear.


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