About the Expedition

The Kaspersky ONE Trans-Antarctic Expedition is a landmark solo expedition and a world first. British explorer, Felicity Aston (33), will embark on a 1700km, 65-day ski journey in order to become the first woman in the world to cross the Antarctic alone. By completing the journey Felicity will also be the first British woman to traverse Antarctica. However, this journey is about more than records. The expedition aims to instil a spirit of adventure, aspiration and innovation as well as understand more about what motivates individuals to achieve.

Felicity will fly into Antarctica from Punta Arenas, Chile and spend a few days at the base camp operated by Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE). ALE will provide all safety and communication cover during the expedition. She will then be flown to the Ross Ice Shelf at the foot of the Leverett Glacier from where she will start her journey. Skiing up the Leverett Glacier, through the Transantarctic mountains she will climb onto the Polar Plateau and head for the South Pole. After collecting a resupply of food and fuel at the Pole, Felicity will continue across the Polar Plateau to the coast of Antarctica at the edge of the Ronne Ice Shelf. Arriving at Hercules Inlet, Felicity will have traversed the entire Antarctic continent.

Expedition

Psychology

Spending around 70 days alone in the featureless landscape of Antarctica will require incredible mental strength and motivation, so it is important that Felicity is mentally as well as physically prepared for the expedition. Dr Stephen Pack is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire specializing in Sport and Exercise Psychology. His particular research interest lies in perceptions of stress and coping, and the link between physical activity and psychological well-being. Dr Pack has worked with Felicity to prepare her for the months of isolation she will experience and will also be using the podcasts and journal entries recorded by Felicity during the expedition as part of his research. He hopes to chart her mental as well as physical journey in order to learn something about what motivates individuals to achieve.

Supporting Organisations

Cullen , Grummit and Roe Group

Cullen Grummitt & Roe employs a staff of professional, dedicated people who strive for excellence.  It is a highly client-focused organisation, concentrating on ensuring that the needs and expectations of our clients are met. Each project is handled by a Director of the firm, working closely with senior engineers. In this way, each client and every project gains the benefit of the vast collective experience resident within the company.The success of the firm over the past 85 years has been based on; Economy of Design, Efficiency of Construction, Simplicity of Function and Personalised Service.

At CGR, a high level of emphasis is placed on ensuring that we fully understand the requirements of the client, with particular attention paid to project budgets, timing requirements and quality expectations. The prime consultancy discipline of the group is port and harbour engineering.  CGR specialises in the design and development of container terminals and has extensive experience in the provision of the full range of consulting engineering services related to marine development activities.

Fantasea Adventure Cruising

Fantasea Adventure Cruising is a multi award winning marine tour and transport operator based in the Whitsundays.  Proudly Queensland owned and operated, Fantasea is part of the leading Australian marine transport group, Riverside Marine.

Fantasea is synonymous with the Whitsundays region, given that it has been operating for over 25 years, with guests returning year after year to travel with Fantasea to some of the Whitsunday’s most visited icons, including the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach and island resorts including Hamilton Island and Club Med Lindeman Island.   The Fantasea Ferry services operate comprehensive timetables connecting Hamilton Island Airport, Hamilton Island Marina and the Whitsunday mainland.

Fantasea also offers The Reefsleep Experience, a unique overnight stay on the Great Barrier Reef with exclusive accommodation based on the Reefworld pontoon.  There is nothing else like this on the Great Barrier Reef and is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience.

Fantasea is an advanced eco certified operator and offers a genuine eco-tourism experience on all day cruises and Reefsleep.  Fantasea is also proud to operate the Fantasea Foundation, which was established in 1996 and undertakes the serious commitment of acting as ambassadors for the protection of, and research into, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Fantasea’s commitment to providing a professional operation reflects through the friendly staff and quality of the vessels, pontoons and facilities.  Based at Shute Harbour, the fleet consists of eight high speed, air conditioned passenger vessels, plus smaller vessels including semi-submersibles and passenger rails.  The vessels are fitted out for day cruise and ferry operations, ensuring a smooth and comfortable passage. Fantasea’s number one priority is guest comfort and safety, with extremely high safety standards and measures in place.  Travel with Fantasea Adventure Cruising and experience the magical beauty of the Whitsundays and the best it has to offer.

Chestfield Rotary Club
Felicity has enjoyed generous support from Chestfield Rotary Club and has been made an honorary member. Felicity’s first account of the expedition on return to her home county of Kent will be at the annual Rotary fundraising lecture on 9th March 2012 held at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.kent.ac.uk/gulbenkian/theatre/shows/2012/march/2012-03-09-felicity-aston.html

Transglobal Expedition Trust

A grant-awarding charity which was established in 1993 to perpetuate the memory of the Transglobe Expedition by supporting humanitarian, scientific or educational projects which follow in the expedition’s tradition of adventure and perseverance.

 

 

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