British explorer Felicity Aston knew she was hallucinating when she smelled deep-fried fish and french fries during her journey to ski solo across Antarctica, Ivana Kottasova of CNN reports.”It drove me insane,” Aston told CNN. “It was like I was skiing along a huge row of fish and chips shops, the whole day.”
Aston, a seasoned explorer making her first solo expedition, said that the only thing that truly frightened her — beyond hurricane-speed winds, temperatures below -40° C, exhaustion, malnutrition, frostbite, cramps, sunburn and hypothermia — was being completely alone.
“If you’re alone, you have to make sure that if something goes wrong, you can get out of it,” she told CNN. “I had to always make sure that I would be able to put up a tent and look after myself at the end of each day.”
After 59 days of survival and solitude, she became the first woman the ski solo across the highest, driest, windiest, emptiest and coldest place on earth.
Here is Aston describing her emotions at the end of her journey:
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