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14 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Felicity Aston. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Felicity Aston, often where they are interviewed.

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14 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Felicity Aston. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Felicity Aston, often where they are interviewed.

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Felicity Aston MBE - Antartica Explorer And Adventurer

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I have been looking forward to todays show for awhile now, as I am fascinated by what makes people push out of their comfort zones and literally go to the extreme of that point. Why do people feel driven to drag themselves across climates that not only are very uncomfortable, but can actually kill you. And thrive whilst doing it. And todays guest is someone who is driven to do that kind of thing time and time again. She is a writer, speaker and adventurer and inspiration to everyone that she meets in the world, who love to live her life through the stories she tells. But what is also amazing to me time and time again, is to see how some of the smallest things in life can have the biggest influences on us. Her first 'expedition' involved being bribed up an English Mountain at the age of nine by her parents with a packet of Opal Fruits. The key words were to that statement was it all started with a bribe of sweets, but the sense of achievement on reaching the top, and standing there in the pouring rain was the first step towards where she is today. And where she is today is being recognised as the first woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone, awarded the MBE by British Royalty, and someone who seeks out irresistible challenges and captivating stories in the planet's wildest and most extraordinary places. And now from her base in Iceland she is scheming for more and more experiences that she can tackle head on, much to the delight of the rest of us. So how did she go from thinking "That was exciting" to "I can make a living out of this"? And does she see that deep inside all of us is a desire for adventure and challenge, but for whatever reasons we hold back on it as we can quite believe that she should do it? Well lets find out, as we bring onto the show to start joining up the dots with Felicity Aston MBE.
Aug 10 2020 · 1hr 8mins
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Ep. 615: Skiing Across Antarctica & Polar Exploration - Felicity Aston

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Felicity Aston MBE is a British Polar Explorer, author, speaker and expedition leader. In 2012, she became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica, a journey of 1084 miles that took 59 days to complete. That expedition garnered her a Guinness World Record. She has also been elected Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society in London and The Explorers Club in New York.

Her love for polar exploration began at the age of 23 at Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, where she monitored the climate as a meteorologist.

Her expeditions have taken her to places like Greenland, where she became the first British woman to cross the giant landmass, both the North and South Pole, and to leading numerous record-breaking adventures all over the world, involving all women teams.

Her story is truly inspirational and her achievements are downright amazing.

Her website: www.felicityaston.co.uk

Her Twitter: @felicity_aston

Her Facebook: @felicity.aston.5

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Feb 27 2020 · 53mins
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EP06 Felicity Aston - Spending two months alone in Antarctica + other tales of doing what no woman has done before

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Felicity Aston's story is absolutely incredible - going from someone who didn't particularly like Phys Ed class in school to being the first woman to ever cross the Antarctic continent alone over the course of two months, she has shown that courage, tenacity, and mindset are more important in achieving massive goals than pure physical capability. In this episode, Felicity shares how she first fell in love with Antarctica while working as a meteorologist on a research base, what made her go back time and again, and also the inspiration behind taking a group of women - many of whom had never seen snow prior to signing up for the expedition - to the South Pole on skis.

She also takes us into the unique experience of being alone in Antarctica for two months during her 2012 crossing of the continent, battling horrendous weather, and her own mind, to achieve what no woman had ever done before, landing her in the Guinness Book of World Records among other accolades.

Felicity has since taken a group of women to the North Pole as well, among other notable expeditions and adventures. Have a listen to her story and let us know what you'd like us to ask her on future episodes by emailing contact {at} twintracksexpeditions.com

HIGHLIGHTS

4:20 - On skiing to the North Pole with a team of women from Europe and the Middle East

6:30 - What led up to the 2009 expedition when Felicity took 7 women with almost no experience to ski to the South Pole

10:10 - Felicity talks about how living on an Antarctic research base, and the training that came along with it from the British Antarctic Survey prepared her for her future ski crossings

11:15 - Next phase: Felicity tries to hold a 'regular job' in London

11:45 - Then she takes on the Adventure Race to the North Magnetic Pole and talks about how that differed from her BAS training in terms of pushing oneself physically and mentally, traveling light and fast, with help close at hand if needed

13:50 - Crossing the Greenland ice sheet with 3 other British women, marrying the best of her different types of expeditionary training to find the best combo that worked

15:15 - Felicity slowly begins to realize through training a variety of different people for expeditions that in fact, she can help anyone who has the will complete a polar expedition because in the end, it's all about mindset

15:40 - Tired of seeing a bunch of middle-aged, middle-class white men from Northern Europe and North America get all the glory for their tales of polar achievement, Felicity decides to put her theory to the test and take a bunch of women from all over the globe to the South Pole

17:00 - On the challenges of leadership when you have a team with a variety of different needs that are so out of their element, as well as increasingly tired both mentally and physically

20:00 - How even being an experienced leader doesn't immunize you from second-guessing yourself and what happens when you don't perform as best as you'd like

24:10 - Felicity's solo crossing of Antarctica in 2012 and what it was like to be unutterably alone on the earth's most inhospitable continent

26:30 - On realizing she hadn't prepared at all for being solo for so long and how she managed to live with a constant level of fear throughout the expedition

33:30 - What it's like having a little devil on your shoulder all the time telling you to take it easy because no one will ever know

35:51 - On finding out that who you think you are in your core isn't necessarily who you truly are, and that being alone for so long makes you reassess what you're actually made of

36:55 - Not being a person who was into physical fitness to begin with, Felicity talks about what made her want to take on these incredible feats of endurance and become the explorer that she is

42:50 - On the challenge of trying to figure out what to do next with your life or your plans

45:00 - The importance of taking the time to spread the message of each expedition in order to create the results you wanted to achieve

48:20 - The challenges of raising funds and getting sponsorship for expeditions - does gaining credibility make things any easier?

53:30 - On the importance of making choices intentionally with regards to polar exploration as well as life outside of expeditions

59:00 - On being stuck in a line of work because you feel like you have to, and making sure that you are where you want to be

1:01:00 - What it's like fitting in to life in Reykjavik

1:05:50 - What's next? Editing is underway for the film about her North Pole Euro-Arabian expedition AND there's a book coming out as well

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Felicity Aston's website: http://www.felicityaston.co.uk/

Felicity on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/felicity.aston.5

Felicity on Twitter: https://twitter.com/felicity_aston

Felicity on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/felicityaston/

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May 15 2019 · 1hr 9mins
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The first woman to solo across Antarctica: polar explorer Felicity Aston

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Felicity Aston is a British Polar Explorer living in Reykjavik, Iceland. In 2012 she became the first person in the world to ski alone across Antarctica. The journey of 1744 km (1080 miles) took her 59 days and gave her a place in the book of Guinness World Records. 

More than a decade before, her first journey to Antarctica was as a meteorologist with the British Antarctic Survey to monitor climate and ozone activity. She went on to complete numerous journeys in Antarctica and other polar regions of the world including Greenland and Siberia.

Felicity regularly speaks to audiences around the world about her expedition experiences as well as polar science, Antarctica and meteorology. She has written three books which have now been translated into several languages.

In this episode she talks about (in order):

  • Her career
  • How she puts together expeditions
  • What type of people she selects
  • Her leadership philosophy
  • Why Antartica is so amazing
  • Why it's so difficult to navigate during polar trips
  • Being utterly alone on the fringe of the world
  • Her mental training
  • Her physical training
  • Projects she's working on now


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Apr 30 2019 · 59mins
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Episode 28: The First Woman to Ski Across Antarctica Solo with Felicity Aston

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World-renowned explorer, Felicity Aston joins me to discuss her world record setting expedition. Felicity was the first woman to ski solo across the continent of Antarctica. Her 59 day, 1000+ mile journey gave her some really wonderful insights from such a unique experience and what she’s done with what she learned is just as exceptional. Find out more about Felicity at http://www.felicityaston.co.uk/ and https://www.amazon.com/Felicity-Aston/e/B0034P5HKG?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1555356665&sr=8-1

Apr 16 2019 · 46mins
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Ep. 408: Polar Exploration With Renowned Adventurer Felicity Aston

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Felicity Aston MBE is a British Polar Explorer, author, speaker and expedition leader. In 2012, she became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica, a journey of 1084 miles that took 59 days to complete. That expedition garnered her a Guinness World Record. She has also been elected Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society in London and The Explorers Club in New York.

Her love for polar exploration began at the age of 23 at Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, where she monitored the climate as a meteorologist.

Her expeditions have taken her to places like Greenland, where she became the first British woman to cross the giant landmass, both the North and South Pole, and to leading numerous record-breaking adventures all over the world, involving all women teams.

Her story is truly inspirational and her achievements are downright amazing. Enjoy!

Her website: www.felicityaston.co.uk

Her Twitter: twitter.com/felicity_aston

Her Facebook: www.facebook.com/felicity.aston.5

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Aug 13 2018 · 51mins
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Felicity Aston - Expedition Leader for The Women's Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2018.

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Felicity's Polar career began in the year 2000, when she travelled to Antarctica for the first time with the British Antarctic Survey as a Meteorologist. Aged just 23 she spent a continuous period of two and a half years (including two consecutive winters) at Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula to monitor climate and ozone.

Felicity went on to organise and lead numerous expeditions to remote places around the world, but particularly to the Polar Regions. Her expeditions have included the first British Women’s crossing of Greenland, a 6000km drive to the South Pole, a 36,000km drive to the Pole of Cold, and leading the largest and most international team of women ever to ski to the South Pole.

Felicity continues to explore, specialising in new and exciting ways to communicate the expedition experience to the wider world. Her Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition was the first to ‘Tweet to the Pole’ and material from her Pole of Cold expedition has been developed into a travelling art exhibition. She has written three books Call of the White: Taking the World to the South Pole (2011), Alone in Antarctica (2013), Chasing Winter: A Journey to the Pole of Cold (2014).

Most recently she was behind, The Women's Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2018. Which was an international team of women from across Europe and the Middle East who set out to ski the last degree to the North Pole in April 2018. The expedition faced many physical challenges – with temperatures down to -40°C, polar bears and shifting pack ice - but the core purpose of the expedition was to foster greater dialogue and understanding between women from Western and Arabian cultures. In addition, the expedition worked to inspire all women to reach beyond the expectation of others to fullfil their own ultimate life ambitions.

Show notes

  • First speaking back in November 2015!
  • Putting together expeditions to visit very cold places
  • Why the Arctic?
  • Spending the summer on a Russian Icebreaker going back and forth to the North Pole
  • Wanting to put together another expedition with a new set of challenges
  • The new challenges in the Arctic!
  • Her role on the icebreaker 
  • The Women's Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2018
  • Turning her idea into a reality
  • Taking the first step in finding a team
  • Putting it out on her website and getting over 1,000 responses!
  • Meeting the team for the first time at a training expedition in September 2016
  • Teamwork and why it is so important for expeditions in the Arctic
  • Trying to understand their motivation and why they wanted to do this challenge
  • September 2016 and the first time the team comes together.
  • Handing the cold and the extreme temperatures
  • Dealing with a cold injury and having frostbite
  • The expedition and what was involved
  • Having to be prepared for Polar Bears while out on the ice and dealing with the cold!
  • The journey to the pole - sponsorship, fitness and the costs involved.
  • Training in the desert and why there was benefits especially in regards to navigation and team bonding
  • The costs of the expedition & getting sponsorship 
  • The challenges of having a large team of 12
  • Physical training…. and getting fit for the challenge
  • Mental fitness - and not wanting to be over confident or complacent
  • Leadership style and how Felicity leads and why she was not the guide 
  • What Felicity learned from the expedition 
  • Plans for the future
  • Documentary and books!
  • Advice for women who do want to step outside their comfort zone
  • Why there is never a good time to do what you want to do
  • The book she has been meaning to write for 10 years!!

Social Media

Website - http://www.felicityaston.co.uk

Twitter - @felicity_aston 

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Jun 28 2018 · 1hr
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Alone In Antarctica - Felicity Aston MBE

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Alone In Antarctica - Felicity Aston MBE Arctic Explorer and the first woman to ski across Antarctica alone talks about hallucinating, facing loneliness, insanity and survival. 

Nov 27 2017 · 47mins
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031: Strong Women in Science: Felicity Aston: Explorer, Author, Scientist

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Felicity Aston is the first and only woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. And now she wants to invite you to go on an expedition to the North Pole in 2017! Need more info? It’s all in the podcast, plus: • How to be mentally strong • How being stubborn is a great characteristic • How you should make daily progress, no matter how small Come join the discussion in our Facebook Group!! Have a great day, And Stay Strong! Edie

www.felicityaston.com https://twitter.com/felicity_aston http://www.felicityaston.co.uk

Jan 27 2016 · 38mins
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031: Strong Women in Science: Felicity Aston: Explorer, Author, Scientist

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Felicity Aston is the first and only woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. And now she wants to invite you to go on an expedition to the North Pole in 2017! Need more info? It’s all in the podcast, plus: • How to be mentally strong • How being stubborn is a great characteristic • How you should make daily progress, no matter how small Come join the discussion in our Facebook Group!! Have a great day, And Stay Strong! Edie

www.felicityaston.com https://twitter.com/felicity_aston http://www.felicityaston.co.uk

Jan 27 2016 · 38mins
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