Felicity Aston skis Antarctica solo, man dies trying to be like Bear Grylls, and fading hopes for climbers on Rainier

Felicity Aston

British adventurer Felicity Aston made news Monday by becoming the first woman to ever ski solo across Antarctica.

Starting out Nov. 25, she skied nearly 1,100 miles across the frozen continent, spending 59 days alone, according to The Associated Press.

In addition to this feat, Aston, 34, also set a record by becoming the only person to cross Antarctica solo using just her own human power, The AP reported.

This is not her first adventure in frozen lands. Aston is no stranger to Antarctica and had also led ski teams in the Arctic and Greenland, The AP reported.

Be like Bear?

An adventurer who wanted to spend a year living like Bear Grylls was found dead in the Scottish wilderness, according to this report.

David Austin, 29, lasted a month before being found dead by authorities.

Austin had hoped to emulate the ways of Grylls, a mountaineer and survival expert who is the star of the “Man vs. Wild” television show.

Hopes fading on Mount Rainier

Four climbers who have been missing for a week on the storm-ridden slopes of Mount Rainier in Washington are still missing, and authorities fear that hopes for their rescue are fading with the passage of time and the approach of another storm, according to this report.

Michelle Trojanowski, 30, of Atlanta, and Mark Vucich, 37, of San Diego, were due to return from a snow-camping trip on Jan. 15. Climbers Sork “Erik” Yang, of Springfield, Ore., and Seol Hee Jin, of Korea, were due back from a summit attempt on Jan. 16, the AP reported.

The Pacific Northwest has been lashed by heavy winter storms lately, and more bad weather is on the way.


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