Five British women are aiming to become the first
all-female team to ski coast-to-coast across
Antarctica in November 2017.
No team of women, from any nation, has completed this formidable challenge. It is the ultimate opportunity to show that women
have the mental strength and physical endurance to operate in the most hostile environment on earth.
The Ice Maiden team will cover 1,700km using muscle-power alone, pulling sledges and battling temperatures of -50°C
and wind speeds of over 60mph during their three-month journey.
Unsupported, and with only two resupply points along the route, they will carry all the supplies and equipment needed
to survive for up to 600km at a time. The Ice Maiden team are all serving in the British Army or Army Reserve and are following in the footsteps of Felicity Aston’s record-breaking solo Antarctic crossing in 2012.
To inspire a new era of female expeditionary spirit,
encouraging women and girls of all ages to take up a
challenge, get active and get outdoors.
To provide winter survival skills and qualifications to a
number of women throughout the training process,
inspiring them to lead their own expeditions in future.
To promote an active lifestyle, female teamwork and
leadership to companies, schools and youth groups
throughout the UK.
To collect medical data that shows how the female
body copes with extreme endurance in polar
Leverett Glacier to South Pole
The start will be at the base of the Leverett Glacier at the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf. The 500km route to the South Pole will follow that of the annual US tractor convoy route, limiting the risk of crevasses yet remaining an austere
remote environment. The terrain will be predominantly climbing up the plateau upon which sits the South Pole.
It is estimated that this leg will take no more than 30 days.
South Pole to Thiel Mountains
After a re-supply at the South Pole this next leg will see the team head North West towards Hercules Inlet. A further re-supply point will be at the fuel cache, an estimated 600km from South Pole.
Thiel Mountains to Hercules Inlet
The final leg of the 1700km journey will descend to the
Ronne Ice Shelf. It is estimated that the whole journey
will be completed in no more than 75 days.