Alone in Antarctica: The First Woman To Ski Solo Across The by Joanna Lumley, Felicity Aston

By Joanna Lumley, Felicity Aston

Author note: Joanna Lumley (Foreword)

In the whirling noise of our advancing technological age, we're doubtless by no means on my own, by no means out-of-touch with the barrage of digital facts and information.

Felicity Aston, physicist and meteorologist, took months off from all human touch as she turned the 1st girl -- and merely the 3rd individual in background – to ski around the complete continent of Antarctica by myself. She did it, too, with the straightforward equipment of cross-country, with out the aids utilized by her prededecessors – Norwegian males – each one of whom hired both parasails or kites.

Aston’s trip around the ice on the backside of the area requested of her the extremes by way of psychological and actual bravery, as she confronted the dangers of unseen cracks buried within the snow so huge they may engulf her and hypothermia because of brutalizing climate. She needed to deal, too, along with her emotional vulnerability in face of the consistent bombardment of hallucinations caused by the huge sea of whiteness, the inability of stimulation to her senses as she confronted what's tantamount to a sort of solitary confinement.

Like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Felicity Aston’s Alone in Antarctica turns into an inspirational saga of 1 woman’s struggle through worry and loneliness as she truthfully confronts either the actual demanding situations of her experience, in addition to her personal human vulnerabilities.

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Reverend Father didn’t bite. However, we now have the property, and there is no road-house. , wearing the Cistercian habit, and nobody minds, he says. He hopes Fr. James [Fox] is doing the same. Georgia being Georgia, that demands a certain amount of courage. October 26, 1946 In Reverend Father’s room today we were speaking about the Feast of Christ the King which is tomorrow—except that we do not yet celebrate it in the Order. , to the Cardinal Procurator, he could get the feast for us at once-and then it transpired that it was he who, in this way, got the 50-days indulgence for all who kiss the ring of their Abbot in our Order.

Their cloisters were like the chant in our gradual and in our old antiphoner. 2 A perfection so pure and so vital, springing directly from a religious Rule and way of life, argues a spiritual fruitfulness deeper than we can appreciate today. And I think it is a fruitfulness that belongs to the cenobitic life as such. The simplicity of Sénanque or Fontenay could only house a community of cenobites. A monastery of hermits is necessarily so clumsy that it can only be an architectural monster. However, I agree that one hermitage for one hermit stands a good chance of being beautiful!

Another thing he so often insists upon in Chapter—attention to the little rules—a delicate conscience that omits nothing that can please God is more important in his eyes than great mortifications and spectacular penances. At the same time, he is most careful to enforce every detail of penance in the Rule; he cannot stand the idea of a Trappist who compromises with our austerities and seeks his own comfort. He is adamant against all mitigations to the Rule that are not strictly necessary—and even though our modifications in regard to summer clothing are surely necessary, I have heard him say that it wouldn’t kill us to wear wool.

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