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British woman travelling at speed and alone to South Pole

The Times reports,

Battling her way across the icy wastelands of Antarctica, Hannah McKeand was set to become the fastest person, male or female, to reach the geographic South Pole solo and unsupported.

. . .To complete her trek Ms McKeand, from Newbury, Berkshire, has spent nearly six lonely weeks dragging a 100 kilo (220lb) sledge across 690 miles of ice plains in temperatures as low as minus 35C.

Extreme Journeys suggests how difficult the trek is. McKeand is said to be a Classics graduate. In the 19th century Brits had the idea that learning the Classics was excellent training for teaching attention to detail, excellence, and indifference to pain. . .