Felicity Aston

About Felicity ...

Felicity's first 'expedition' involved being bribed up Helvellyn at the age of nine by her parents with a packet of Opal Fruits. The sense of achievement on reaching the top was slightly lost in the pouring rain but something about the experience must have stuck.

At the end of her first year reading Physics and Astronomy at University College London (UCL), Felicity joined a British Schools Exploring Society expedition to south-west Greenland. After spending 3 weeks mapping the archaeological remains of Viking settlements, her team was supposed to spend a week exploring Greenland's inland ice. They made it to the fringe of the ice-cap before having to turn back. Felicity remembers looking over her shoulder at the ice as they left and promising herself that one day she would make it over that white horizon.

Completing her first degree, Felicity went on to gain a Masters in Applied Meteorology from the University of Reading before being employed as a meteorologist with the British Antarctic Survey.
Felicity spent two and a half continuous years in the Antarctic, living and working at Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula between 2000 and 2003. As well as monitoring ozone depletion and climate, her job involved looking after a small outpost and aviation re-fuelling depot during the austral summer. This meant that, at times, Felicity and a colleague were the only two people on an island roughly the size of Wales.

Throughout the last ten years, Felicity has established herself as a freelance travel writer and professional speaker but she has continued to organise and lead her own expeditions. Felicity's projects have been awarded the Captain Scott Society 'Spirit of Adventure Award', the Wilderness Award, a Timberland 'Make it Better' Scholarship and the annual Land Rover / RGS 'Go Beyond' Bursary as well as earning support from the National Geographic Expeditions Council in the US. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society in London and The Explorers Club in New York, and has been made a Churchill Fellow by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, as well as an honourary member of both The Commonwealth Club and Rotary International. In 2012 Felicity was presented with the Ginny Fiennes Award by the Transglobe Expedition Trust and in 2014 she was given the Women of Discovery Courage Award by WINGS WorldQuest. In 2012 Outside Magazine named her as one of the Adventurers of the Year. Felicity was appointed MBE in the Queen's 2014 New Year Honours List and is one of very few women to be awarded HM The Queen's Polar Medal.

Felicity has served on the Council of both the Young Explorer's Trust, the UK's national association of youth exploration societies - a national charity dedicated to promoting safe and responsible expeditions for young people, and British Exploring - a historic educational charity that provides scientific and adventurous expeditions for young people. Felicity also acts as an Ambassador for two inspiring organisations - the British Antarctic Monument Trust which aims to commemorate the achievements of the men and women whose scientific exploration in Antarctica has led to a new understanding of our planet, and to honour those amongst them who did not return - and Equaladventure which provides support for individuals and organisations striving towards inclusive participation in sport and adventure.

You can read more about Felicity's expeditions on the expeditions page

At 23, Felicity left the UK to spend three years living and working in the Antarctic as a meteorologist with the British Antarctic Survey.

On her return, she was part of the first all-female team to complete the Polar challenge, a 360-mile endurance race across the Canadian Arctic.

A year later, Felicity led the first British women's crossing of the Greenland ice-sheet.

Since then she has gone on to lead numerous expeditions including the Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition, the largest and most international women's expedition ever to ski to the South Pole.

In 2012 she became the first woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone.