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Transantarctic Expedition - http://www.justgiving.com/Felicity-Aston, talking about captain scott, British Antarctic Monument Trust, 100 years

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http://www.justgiving.com/Felicity-Aston Well today is the 17th of January it is exactly a hundred years after Captain Scott reached the South Pole - unfortunately over a month after Amundsen has already beaten him to it but I've been thinking about Scott and his men and the story all day as I've been skiing along. Scott is not really someone that people sympathize usually with or not sympathize but identify I guess, because they were all from a totally different age. I mean I can't imagine what the response would be if you told him for example 'oh there's a woman who is going to stki across Antarctica.' That idea would have been totally inconceivable to him that a woman would do that and yet his story i find is as captivating as anybody else and that the story I heard of as a child, I guess is where I first got this idea, that Antarctica was somewhere where you came to prove yourself and put yourself against nature - that sort of thing. A place where heroes were made. And I do think that Scott is a hero, but I think it's a real shame that he's been pulled apart in recent years. As a leader of teams myself in the past, I know how difficult it is to read people. And I think perhaps the greatest tribute you can be given as a leader is though the comments and the loyalty of the people in your teams. If you read the things that were written about Scott then, both before and after his death it is clear that they would have followed him anywhere, and they have a lot of respect and admiration for him. I think that should carry perhaps more weight than the analysis of the story when we know the outcome and that can't but colour our judgement, I think, the fact that we knew what the eventual outcome was. But the story of Scott is ultimately just a tragic human story where 5 people lost their lives - but they weren't the last people to die in Antarctica unfortunately. I'm an ambassador of the British Antarctic Monument Trust which is raising money for a memorial to the 28 men and 1 woman who died in the British Antarctic Territories. If you'd like to find out more about that - or even perhaps make a donation towards the momument being planned you can find the link on my website (www.felicityaston.co.uk) and read some more about all the people who have tragically lost their lives in Antarctica as well as the Scott party. So, I guess abit of a sad day really - and I just feel very fortunate that unlike Scott I have a plan B, I have a satellite phone and I can ring for help if things got really really bad. But, this close to the end of my journey, I thoroughly hope that I won't have to do that at this stage and that the only phonecall I'll be making will be for the planes to come and pick me up and take me back to base camp - sooner rather than later I hope, but we shall see. Plodding on everyday and making progress.


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http://www.justgiving.com/Felicity-Aston Well today is the 17th of January it is exactly a hundred years after Captain Scott reached the South Pole - unfortunately over a month after Amundsen has already beaten him to it but I've been thinking about Scott and his men and the story all day as I've been skiing along. Scott is not really someone that people sympathize usually with or not sympathize but identify I guess, because they were all from a totally different age. I mean I can't imagine what the response would be if you told him for example 'oh there's a woman who is going to stki across Antarctica.' That idea would have been totally inconceivable to him that a woman would do that and yet his story i find is as captivating as anybody else and that the story I heard of as a child, I guess is where I first got this idea, that Antarctica was somewhere where you came to prove yourself and put yourself against nature - that sort of thing. A place where heroes were made. And I do think that Scott is a hero, but I think it's a real shame that he's been pulled apart in recent years. As a leader of teams myself in the past, I know how difficult it is to read people. And I think perhaps the greatest tribute you can be given as a leader is though the comments and the loyalty of the people in your teams. If you read the things that were written about Scott then, both before and after his death it is clear that they would have followed him anywhere, and they have a lot of respect and admiration for him. I think that should carry perhaps more weight than the analysis of the story when we know the outcome and that can't but colour our judgement, I think, the fact that we knew what the eventual outcome was. But the story of Scott is ultimately just a tragic human story where 5 people lost their lives - but they weren't the last people to die in Antarctica unfortunately. I'm an ambassador of the British Antarctic Monument Trust which is raising money for a memorial to the 28 men and 1 woman who died in the British Antarctic Territories. If you'd like to find out more about that - or even perhaps make a donation towards the momument being planned you can find the link on my website (www.felicityaston.co.uk) and read some more about all the people who have tragically lost their lives in Antarctica as well as the Scott party. So, I guess abit of a sad day really - and I just feel very fortunate that unlike Scott I have a plan B, I have a satellite phone and I can ring for help if things got really really bad. But, this close to the end of my journey, I thoroughly hope that I won't have to do that at this stage and that the only phonecall I'll be making will be for the planes to come and pick me up and take me back to base camp - sooner rather than later I hope, but we shall see. Plodding on everyday and making progress.

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Well, just as I logged on, there was your phone cast. I was also reading some articles on Captain Scott and his men, some in the local paper (Denver, CO), and some on this site. The polar adventures are very interesting part of history. Hard to believe 100 yrs have passed. It is very sad that Captain Scott and his men had to lose their lives on the way back from the pole, and also to find out that Amundsen got there first one month earlier. He did, however, make the attempt and made contributions with scientific discoveries like you said. These people and others have paved the way for future polar exploration, and especially for yourself. You are an extraordinary role model and will make a great contribution in history with your event. You must be ecstatic to be almost done. Safe travels and sunny days ahead.

Posted by: Bonnie Krim 2 years ago
Abigal Adams, Clara Barton, Margaret Bourke-White, Bella Boyd, Amelia Earhart,
Emma Goldman, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, Juliet Gorden Low, and now Felicity Aston. Congratulations in your joining these other remarkable women.

Posted by: PETER COULTER 2 years ago
It must feel great to be joining the group of extraordinary women Peter Coulter has mentioned. You will stand out as an example for our daughters and granddaughters. I cannot wait to see my granddaughters and tell them about you and your incredible accomplishment. Good luck tomorrow and may the sun shine.

Posted by: charlotte wheater 2 years ago
Fully agree with your comments on Scott,it gives me good heart to hear you praise him as Sir Ranuluph does also. To hear this from someone who has experienced the deprivations too is gratifying not like these armchair critics who have never pulled a sledge in their lives let alone in those conditions. So amazed every day by your courage &inspiration!:)

Posted by: Janet Stanley 2 years ago
It's good to tune into your phone casts every day and see where you are and learn what you're thinking. Also it's a pleasure to read what others of us armchair explorers are saying to cheer you on. I cannot remember what it was like not to know that you existed - true prior to two weeks ago. Your sharing hopes and fears makes me feel as if I know you. Safe journey!

Posted by: Carol O'Connor 2 years ago
Comgratulations on getting on so well for the day Scott reaching the Pole . Pollowing you every day --not long to go now !! Keep it up!
Ken

Posted by: Ken and Jean Gibson ( BAMT ) (ex St Paul's March ) 2 years ago
Very well done, will pass on the news to John Huckle,
regards Allan

Posted by: Allan Wearden 2 years ago

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