Polar Exposure: An All-Women’s Expedition to the North Pole

Imagine. Nov. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9781623545536. $24.99. TRAV
This gripping and uplifting book recounts British polar explorer Aston’s all-women ski expedition to the North Pole. The team of adventurers (including a marine biologist, a graphic designer, a sports reporter, and a mountaineering instructor) from Cyprus, England, France, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, and Sweden were joined by an all-women film crew and experienced women Arctic guides. Each participant was assessed for English language skills, health, fitness, and swimming ability, and they needed internet access, a passport, and visas. The team practiced group skiing on an Icelandic glacier and Oman’s Wahiba Sands, an equally unforgiving desert climate. They also tested equipment in Norway before helicoptering from Camp Barneo, in Russia, to about 50 miles from the geographic North Pole. The work features first-person accounts from the participants that reveal their doubts and trepidations as they traversed the dangerous, unknown, and unmappable environs of the Arctic. Challenges included equipment issues, physiologic monitoring, polar bear watches, and a medical evacuation for frostbite. The book includes gorgeous full-color photographs and a timeline.
VERDICT Recommended for adventuresome readers.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing