No team of women, from any nation, had completed this formidable challenge using muscle power alone. It was the ultimate opportunity to show that women have the mental strength and physical endurance to operate in the most hostile environment on earth.
The Ice Maiden team covered 1,700km using muscle-power alone. They had to pull sledges whilst battling temperatures of -50°C and wind speeds of over 60mph during their three-month journey.
Unsupported, and with only two resupply points along the route, they carried all the supplies and equipment needed to survive for up to 600km at a time.
The Ice Maiden team are all serving in the British Army or Army Reserve and followed in the footsteps of Felicity Aston’s record-breaking solo Antarctic crossing in 2012.
The team was made up of Major Nicola Wetherill, Major Natalie Taylor, Captain Zanna Baker, Lieutenant Jenni Stephenson and reservists Major Sandy Hennis and Lance Sergeant Sophie Montagne. They arrived at Hercules Inlet on Saturday morning, 62 days after setting out.