The Pole of Cold Expedition
Setting out in November 2013, Felicity will be part of a 3-person team that will chase winter across northern Europe and Siberia to the Pole of Cold - the coldest inhabited place in the world. Returning through northern Kazakhstan, the 3-month, 30,000km journey will result in an exhibition fusing art and geography that will tour the UK in 2014 asking the question, 'What does winter mean to you?'
The Pole of Cold team are the recipients of the 6th annual Land Rover / Royal Geographical Society 'Go Beyond' Bursary and will make the journey in a bright red Defender 110 currently being built especially for them!
Kaspersky ONE Trans-Antarctic Expedition
On January 22nd 2012, Felicity became the first woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. Without the use of kites or parasails but with two resupplies, she covered 1744km in 59 days traversing the continent from the Ross Ice Shelf to Hercules Inlet on the Ronne Ice Shelf via the South Pole.You can see her route and listen to phonecasts recorded during her journey on the expedition website at www.kasperskyonetransantarcticexpedition.com. The expedition was awarded a grant from the Transglobe Expedition Trust and carried Wings World Quest flag #24.
Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition
At 23:09 on 29th December 2009, Felicity stood at the Geographic South Pole having successfully led the largest and most international
women's team ever to make the 900km ski journey. Her 8-woman team involved members from the Commonwealth countries of Cyprus, Ghana, India,
Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, New Zealand, Jamaica and the UK - many of whom had little or no previous expedition experience.
The aim of the expedition was to demonstrate the potential of greater inter-cultural understanding, raise awareness of the work and value of the modern Commonwealth and to highlight
the achievements of women around the World. The expedition took 38 days, arriving at the Pole in time to celebrate the 60th anniversary
year of the Commonwealth.
Expedition website: Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition
24th Marathon Des Sables
The Marathon Des Sables is an annual footrace across the Sahara Desert of Southern Morocco. Felicity completed the 2009 edition with her younger sister Alex and two friends. The race covered over 200km in 5 days, including a single 91km non-stop stage. The team carried all their supplies (roughly 10kg of food and equipment) throughout the race apart from water (which is distributed at each checkpoint) and tents (racers sleep in bivouacs set up in the desert). Spectacular sand dunes, rocky plains, mountain scrambles in the pitch black, suncream, salt tablets, blisters, ibruprofen, diclefenac, more blisters, sultry sunrises and at the end of it all, the most well deserved finishers medal in the world.
Baikal 2008: Life On Thin Ice.
Lake Baikal is the oldest and deepest lake in the world. Located in south-eastern Siberia,
close to the Mongolian border, the surface of the Lake freezes during the winter months with a thick layer of beautifully transparent ice.
For 30 days in Feb / March 2008 Felicity and a friend, walked over 600km along the length of Lake Baikal -
the equivalent of walking from London to Inverness.
Sleeping in tents on the ice and visiting villages along the lakeshore, to learn more about life on the lake,
its place and importance in Buryat culture and the unique flora and fauna that live in its waters.
The expedition was awarded the 2008 Wilderness Award,
a Mark Clifford Grant and
carried WINGS WorldQuest flag #15. You can read about the expedition here
Siberia 2007: Miracle Herbs and Mounted Tribesmen.
Winner of the Polartec Challenge 2007 and supported by the National Geographic Expeditions Council, Felicity and
National Geographic journalist, Bernice Notenboom, travelled to the Siberian republic of Sakha in the far north-east of Russia.
Following the route of a British nurse, Kate Marsden, who travelled to Sakha in 1891 to search for a medicinal herb, Felicity
and Bernice skied over 120km on the frozen Vilyuy River, camping on the river ice and staying in riverside huts used by local
fishermen. Marsden is a national hero in Sakha and by meeting with local historians, scientists, traditional Sarkhan healers
and shamans Felicity and Bernice were able to unravel many of the mysteries that surround her story.
Listen to an audio clip of the expedition or read Felicity's article
which appeared in Geographical (December 2007).
Arctic Foxes Greenland Quest 2006.
The Arctic Foxes are the first British women's team to cross the Greenland ice sheet. Hauling food, fuel and equipment
in sledges weighing over 50kg, the 4-woman team crossed the inland ice from Kangerlussuaq in the west to the east coast
in just 16 days - a distance of 560km. The original plan had been to use power kites to make the return journey to Kangerlussuaq
but when the winds failed, the Foxes were forced to return on foot. Remarkably, they completed the 560km distance a day faster
on the return leg, skiing a total of 1100km in 31 days.
Read more about the expedition including logs and diaries on the Arctic Foxes website or listen to an interview with the team on the day of their return recorded by The Sun as a podcast.
Yippee! Timberland Iceland Expedition.
Yippee! is a social group of young people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) based in West Kent. In September
2005, Felicity led a team including 4 Yippee! members on an adventurous expedition to Iceland. The team overcame
mobility problems, chronic fatigue and a wide range of 'hidden-disabilities' to hike across lava fields, camp in the wild,
bathe in natural geothermal pools and go ice-climbing on a glacier. The expedition allowed young people
with ABI to discover and explore the outdoors for themselves, returning home with a new view of the World around
them and of their own capabilities. The expedition was made possible thanks to a Timberland Scholarship and
the loan of two Landrover Defenders from The Gordon Foundation.
For more information download the Expedition Report.
Pink Lady PoleCats Polar Challenge 2005.
The Polar Challenge is an annual 360-mile race across Arctic Canada. Competing teams brave temperatures as
low as -40degC, disorientating blizzards and predatory Polar Bears as they ski across the Arctic sea ice in what has been
dubbed 'the toughest adventure race in the world'. Sponsored by Pink Lady apples, the PoleCats
finished the race in 6th place becoming the first all-female team to complete the Polar Challenge and beating several
all-male teams in the process.
Felicity is the first woman in the world to
cross Antarctica alone.
She has also raced in the Canadian Arctic, led a team of women across the inland ice of Greenland, led a record-making International team to the South Pole, searched for meteorite craters in Quebec, skied along a frozen river in Siberia, traversed the winter ice of Lake Baikal, completed the infamous Marathon Des Sables across the Moroccan Sahara and spent three years living and working in the Antarctic.