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Explorers Felicity Aston from Birchington-on-Sea and Manu Palomeque from Maidstone reach Pole of Cold - the coldest inhabited place on earth

22 January 2014
by KentOnline reporter

Intrepid explorer Felicity Aston will be serving her champagne chilled - of course - after trekking to the coldest inhabited place on earth.

Felicity, from Birchington-on-Sea, was last year the first woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone.

Joining her on the 30,000km round trip expedition was Maidstone photographer Manu Palomeque and fellow explorer Gisli Jonsson, who builds off-road vehicles for glacier travel.

She tweeted earlier today that the team had made it to the so-called Pole of Cold.

The gruelling trek has seen the trio brave temperatures nudging -50C in deepest Siberia.

The adventurers left the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington in November last year, before travelling the length of Norway to the northernmost point of Europe.

A petrol station thermometer records -48C

A petrol station thermometer records -48C

On the road to Yakutsk - a cross marks the spot where a gulag once stood

On the road to Yakutsk - a cross marks the spot where a gulag once stood

The sun over Lake Baikal on the explorers' journey to the Pole of Cold

The sun over Lake Baikal on the explorers' journey to the Pole of Cold

Then they crossed through Finland and Russia before reaching their destination - the world’s coldest inhabited environment.

The expedition will now return through Kazakhstan and should be back in London at the end of February.

Speaking before the trip, Felicity said: “Getting into really cold extreme climates is always a bit of a shock and that’s what makes it exciting.

Felicity Aston prepares for her recent solo Antarctic expedition

Felicity Aston prepares for her recent solo Antarctic expedition

Felicity in the frozen wastes she loves

Felicity in the frozen wastes she loves

"I think if you were going to do something with no trouble, no hitches, that ruins part of the fun.”

Previously, Felicity has 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, crossed 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. 

 

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