A Polar Expedition to Challenge East-West Stereotypes

Felicity Aston’s 2017 North Pole expedition, involving women of different cultures and backgrounds, promises to help build bridges across the growing divide between East and West.

Polar explorer Felicity Aston MBE is assembling a team for the Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2017. Next April Felicity will lead a group of 12 women from Europe and the Middle East in skiing to the geographic North Pole, facing many dangers along the way. Adventure Uncovered spoke with Felicity to understand how she hopes the expedition will help build bridges across the growing cultural divide between East and West.

Where did the idea for this expedition come from?
It owes a huge debt of inspiration to the expedition I did back in 2009, which was with a Commonwealth women’s team who skied to the South Pole. After that expedition, the memories and experience that I found most valuable were around the women who’d come from very different backgrounds and very different cultures. It was really full of surprises for me.

 

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