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British polar explorer Felicity Aston MBE paid a visit to King’s College recently as part of an educational lecture series. Felicity rose to fame in 2012 when she became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica. It was a journey of 1744 km, which took 59 days to complete and gave her a place in the book of Guinness World Records.

The former climate scientist gave an account of her journey and the challenges she faced, and spoke to pupils about living and working in the British Antarctic Survey on the Antarctic Peninsula. Felicity also unveiled a new painting in the school’s Geography Department, kindly donated by Mrs Bridget Baker, the wife of the late Mr Baker, a former Head of Geography at King’s College.

The painting commemorates the arrival of the legendary Transglobe expedition in January 1980, during the first circumnavigation of the Earth on its polar axis. Head of Geography, Andrew Edwards, said: “Felicity was an inspiration to both pupils and staff alike, and we hope to welcome her back again in the near future.”