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