Bad Weather Slows Female Explorer's Solo South Pole Trek

07 Dec 2011


High winds and poor visibility have slowed a British explorer's bid to become the first woman to cross Antarctica alone, but improving conditions are boosting the 33-year-old's hopes of reaching her destination within two weeks.

"I was really pleased to wake up this morning and find that that the weather has drastically improved," Felicity Aston said in a podcast posted at on Tuesday night. "The winds have dropped a bit and I could actually see something so there was some visibility.  I could see the horizon and there was some surface contrast as well so I set off pretty quick. It's been a great day."

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