By Felicity Aston
May YOU ski to the South Pole?
That was once the problem that British adventurer Felicity Aston positioned to ladies from round the Commonwealth, as she got down to create the main foreign all-female excursion ever to the Pole. The group wouldn't be skilled explorers yet 'ordinary' girls who desired to motivate others to persist with their desires or make a metamorphosis for the higher of their lives. She got greater than 800 functions.
'What is skiing?' requested an individual in Ghana.
At the shut of 2009, Felicity led a workforce from locations as assorted as Jamaica, India, Singapore and Cyprus – a few of whom had by no means even obvious snow or spent the evening in a tent prior to becoming a member of the excursion – on one of many hardest trips at the planet.
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