A group of six women just completed the largest skiing expedition across the continent of Antarctica. The Ice Maidens covered 1,000 miles coast-to-coast in just 62 days.
Starting the expedition on Nov. 20, the six-woman team was made of women all within the British Army. According to BBC, the women took on winds of up to 60mph and temperatures reaching as low as minus-40-degrees.
Maj. Nics Weatherill told BBC upon completing the journey, “I’m just so incredibly proud of the team. I can’t believe how far we’ve come. This journey has had good times, bad times and great times for all concerned, and each of them, I know, has made us better people.”
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The idea came from Maj. Wetherill along with Maj. Nat Taylor, also of the Royal Army Medical Corps. The other four members of the team were reservist Maj. Sandy Hennis of the Royal Signals, Capt. Zanna Baker and Lt. Jenni Stephenson, both of the Royal Artillery, and Honourable Artillery Company reservist Lance Sgt. Sophie Montagne.
The team set out to inspire other women, which they have most certainly done. Each team member needed to not only deal with these extremely harsh conditions, but they also each needed to lug around 176 pounds of gear the entire time. They were also expected to take between 75 and 90 days.
As Maj. Hennis told the BBC: “It was really key for me to be part of an all-female team because I really want to inspire other women, specifically women, to get out there and do things they wouldn’t normally be doing, or think would be possible.”
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