May 15

First all-female team to cross Antarctica on muscle power.

The British Army’s Ice Maiden team has become the first all-female team to cross Antarctica using muscle power alone.

Enduring 62 days on the ice and travelling up to 43km a day, the six soldiers finally crossed the finishing line yesterday.

The feat saw the women battling temperatures as low as -40C and navigating crevasse fields whilst pulling sledges weighing up to 80kg.

On finishing, team leader Major Nics Wetherill said there had been “good times and bad” and was “incredibly proud” of their achievement.

“I can’t believe how far we’ve come,” she said.

“This journey has had good times, bad times and great times for all concerned, and each of them, I know, has made us better people.

“I now know my five companions so well as to be able to almost tell just from the back of their heads whether they are smiling or crying.”

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “I want to congratulate the heroic Ice Maidens on their formidable and trailblazing trek across Antarctica. They are an inspiration to us all and are role models to young people across the country.

“They truly demonstrate why the British Armed Forces are the best in the world, and show that with hard work, courage, and determination anything is possible. We are immensely proud of them and what they have achieved.”     read more  @ The Telegraph