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UK skier sets record for solo Antarctic trek

2012-01-23 14:22

Buenos Aires - British adventurer Felicity Aston completed her crossing of Antarctica on Monday, becoming the first woman to ski across the icy continent alone.

Aston also set another record: the first human to ski solo across Antarctica using only her own muscle power.

She did it in 59 days, pulling two sledges for more than 1 700km from her starting point on the Leverett Glacier back in November.

Now she's tweeting that she has made it to Hercules Inlet on the Ronne Ice Shelf, completing her journey. She's still alone in a tent, waiting in bad weather for a small plane to pick her up and take her to a base camp.

"!!!Congratulations to the 1st female to traverse Antarctica SOLO.V proud [sic]," her Twitter message said.
Aston was still alone on Monday. A support team was waiting for weather to clear in order to greet her.

"Just in case I was in danger of feeling sentimental, a violent wind has appeared from nowhere and is beating the tent like the bad old days," she tweeted.