Felicity Aston MBE is a polar explorer and the first woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone.
The 1744km, 59-day journey completed in January 2012 also made her the first person in the world to do so purely by muscle power without the aid of kites or machines.
In 2009 Fiona led the 38-day, 911km Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition, the largest and most international women’s team ever to ski to the South Pole.
The team included women from Brunei Darussalam, Cyprus, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore, New Zealand.
Felicity was responsible for selecting and training this diverse, multicultural team of ‘ordinary’ women for one of the most arduous journeys on Earth.
Her book about the expedition, ‘Call of the White: Taking the World to the South Pole’ was published in March 2011 and was a finalist in the Banff Mountain Book Competition.
Previously, Felicity Aston has led several other notable expeditions including:
- The first British women’s crossing of Greenland
- 700km winter crossing of Lake Baikal in a Siberian winter
- Expedition in Iceland for young people with a brain injury.
- A member of the first all-female team to complete the Polar Challenge, a 500km endurance race to the magnetic north pole.
Trained as a Physicist and Meteorologist, Felicity’s first polar experience was as a scientist with the British Antarctic Survey. Based for three years on a remote research station on the Antarctic Peninsula, her job was to monitor climate and ozone.
In 2013, Felicity Aston spent a month flying across North America in an airship co-presenting a two-part BBC Science documentary about the atmosphere called ‘Operation Cloud Lab: Secrets of the Skies’ and in 2016, retraced the route of the 1898 Klondike Goldrush across the Yukon, co-presenting a documentary mini-series for BBC History. She has since taken part in numerous independent films, including a film about climate change by Groundtruth Productions for COP26 and Exposure, a Holly Morris film about Felicity’s 2018 Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition project.
“Your presentation was perfection; honest and thought-provoking”
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
As a motivational speaker, Felicity Aston has shared stories of her adventures with audiences worldwide.
Each presentation is uniquely tailored with absolute flexibility and is accompanied by stunning expedition photography and footage, to ensure that the event has a lasting impact on the audience.