‘Ice Maiden’ team celebrates ski record

Image copyright British Military
Image caption The team took 62 times to complete the challenge

Six women from your British Army have become the largest all-female group to ski coast-to-coast throughout Antarctica.

The particular Ice Maiden team began the particular 1, 000-mile expedition on twenty November – each pulling a good 80kg sledge behind them.

After 62 days on the glaciers, the six soldiers crossed the conclusion line at the Hercules Inlet right before 10: 00 GMT.

Completing the challenge, Maj Nics Wetherill said: “I’m just so extremely proud of the team. I can’t think how far we’ve come. ”

Image copyright British Military
Image caption The women left Heathrow on the twenty five October

The group was expected to take among 75 and 90 days, with the females tackling winds of up to 60mph plus temperatures reaching as low as -40C.

Maj Wetherill, from the Royal Army Medical Corps within Portsmouth, added: “This journey has already established good times, bad times and excellent times for all concerned, and each of these, I know, has made us better individuals. ”

Congratulations are coming in for the group.

The Countess of Wessex, whom met the team at the Regal Military Academy in Sandhurst within September, sent a series of tweets congratulating the women, saying: “You have attained your dream and performed an incredible accomplishment of endurance physically and mentally, all whilst smashing the previous record! ”

The soldiers also obtained congratulations from Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.

He mentioned: “They are an inspiration to all of us and are role models to teenagers across the country. ”

Picture copyright British Army
Image caption The group held a Remembrance service upon 11 November

Maj Wetherill came up with the concept along with Maj Nat Taylor, furthermore of the Royal Army Medical Corps.

They said they will wanted to inspire women of all ages plus abilities.

The only real conditions for applicants were these were serving in the Army, regular or even reserve. In total, 250 people arrived forward.

Candidates were put through rigorous tests in the united kingdom and Norway before the final 6 were picked.

Picture copyright British Army
Image caption The group arrived at the South Pole on seventeen December, less than a month after 1st setting off

The other four members of the group were reservist Maj Sandy Hennis of the Royal Signals, Capt Zanna Baker and Lt Jenni Stephenson, both of the Royal Artillery, plus Honourable Artillery Company reservist Puncture Sgt Sophie Montagne.

Maj Taylor said: “I possess spent the last few days trying to imprint this beautiful landscape in my mind.

“We have known as it home for close to 8 weeks now and I will, in a unusual way, miss it a lot. inch

Image copyright Uk Army
Image caption The women celebrated Christmas throughout the expedition

Maj Hennis told the BBC: “It feels pretty amazing.

“It was really key for me to participate an all-female team because I truly want to inspire other women, particularly women, to get out there and do factors they wouldn’t normally be performing, or think would be possible.

“We set what was a good impossible challenge and achieved this, so anything is possible. ”

Speaking from base get away, Capt Baker said she experienced dreamt of taking on the challenge designed for 10 years.

“We aint able to really believe it is over, ” the lady said.