British skier reaches Pole in solo Antarctic trek

AP News
Posted: Dec 20, 2011 10:32 PM
British skier reaches Pole in solo Antarctic trek

British adventurer Felicity Aston has reached the South Pole, nearly halfway in her attempt to become the first human to ski solo using only muscle power across Antarcica.

She made it to the U.S. research station at the geographic South Pole Tuesday after pulling two sledges for more than 500 miles (700 kilometers), up a glacier, over a mountain range and against stiff headwinds for nearly a month.

She says it feels amazing to have reached the pole, where she plans a day's rest to replenish her supplies before hitting the ice again. She's not sure if she'll make the record, but says that whatever happens next, she'll have the satisfaction of having made it solo from the coast to the pole.



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