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February/March 2013

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Listening With . . . Felicity Aston Adventurer Kent, United Kingdom Adventurer and explorer Felicity Aston became, in 2012, the first woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. She did, however, have voices in her ear keeping her company. "I was given a full set of recordings of BBC Radio 4's This Sceptered Isle series to download onto my MP3 player. That's over 300 hours of British history. To some, that might seem to be a form of punishment, but I was thrilled. The Antarctic landscape is incredible, but it is very monotonous. I spent two months skiing into a view that didn't change much in all that time. Having the history to listen to transported me to a different place and kept my mind busy." Aston says she doesn't have as "I love history, and skiing 10 to 12 hours a day gave me plenty of time to listen. " 72 I AudioFile/www.audiofilemagazine.com much time for listening when she's at home, but a new adventure is just around the corner. "My next expedition will be another big ski journey in Antarctica," she says, "and I will definitely take audio material again."—Jennifer M. Dowell

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