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Felicity Aston takes a picture of herself at Union Glacier on Nov. 19 before she traveled to her starting point on the Ross Ice Shelf for a solo ski trek across Antarctica. She completed her crossing on Monday. (Associated Press)

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British adventurer Felicity Aston skis across Iceland during a pre-expedition training trip. Ms. Aston plans to ski by herself across Antarctica. If she manages to complete this journey of more than 1,000 miles in late January, she'll become the first person to cross Antarctica alone under her own power. (Kaspersky One Trans-Antartic Expedition via Associated Press)

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Felicity Aston made final preparations for her trek while in Chile earlier this month. "This is my first solo expedition, the first time I will have spent this length of time without company. It's part of the challenge of the expedition, to see how I'll cope with it," she said. (Kaspersky One Trans-Antartic Expedition via Associated Press)

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Felicity Aston tunes up for her cross-Antarctica solo journey in Iceland. She'll be pulling 187 pounds of gear on a sledge that'll include freeze-dried food, fuel and a camp stove for melting snow. She'll also have a solar recharger and two MP3 players. (Kaspersky One Trans-Antartic Expedition via Associated Press)