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Congratulations to all the expedition members and the support teams. Followed the media report on Reena's achievement on this site. Just wondering if you have something like this for the forty plus too?
Felicity replies: This expedition was for women of ANY age. Helen Turton was a team member in her 40's!
Well done everyone and especially to Stephanie, and also, how are you feeling Kim?
Felicity replies: Kim has been in touch regularly. Her fingers are healing well and she is currently heading to Miami for some warmth!
Congratulations! You girls rock! Today Stephanie came to our school to explain everything you did. This shows ladies can do everything men can do!
I saw the interview on the Today Show last week and immediately knew I needed to get in touch with someone. Going to Antarctica has been a dream of mine for a million years - well, maybe not a million but ... I am a normal person with a normal family and a normal income so actually going to Antarctica is not within our means so I can only dream. My question is: Are you going to do this expedition again and if so, how would one apply? I would be willing to fill out any application, go to any interview and do any jobs/training required to make this dream of mine come true so .... would you please let me know if this adventure is going to be repeated.
Felicity replies: There is currently no plan to repeat the expedition - but never say never....
Well done! Where did you start from? Lat and Long please. Thanks. Geoff Somers
Felicity replies: Hello Geoff! We started from S82 26.961 W064 58.567
Congrats to you all! I've been lucky to spend two summers at Pole and met several teams who skied and/or hiked in from Patriot Hills. I admire your toughness under those brutal conditions. Some of the teams I met had suffered really bad frostbite. Were you lucky enough to dodge that bullet? The hardest thing for me, working under the SPT all summer was keeping my glasses fogg free. And going to the bathroom was a challenge at times as well. Maybe I'll catch you next time!
Felicity replies: We dodged the frost bite but not the fogging goggles - it was a constant frustration!
Congratulations. Naturally, you estimated the supplies that you would need on your journey. Where did you go wrong as in overestimation or underestimating? What different items would you bring next time that you wished you had?
Felicity replies: We had too much food and fuel during the first half of the expedition and in the second half we could have done with a little bit more toothpaste!
That's absolutely incredible!! Welcome back all of you!! It was great to be part of the team in spirit!!
Congratulations to the WHOLE team! Nice to meet you at South Pole and Patriot Hills :-) Andy from Germany
Hello everyone.I came to see you talk at the Commonwealth Club last night and I just wanted to let you know that you all truely inspired me. I am also a young woman and the message your achievement sends out to women and young people around the world is phenomenal - teamwork, determination, the empowerment of women, the ability to pursue your dreams, environmental awareness, the list is endless! My friend and I are dreamers and optimists just like you and we are already planning what adventure we could do, inspired by yours. I wish you every success for whatever you choose to do next and just really wanted to thank you for the positive and incredible thing you all have achieved. Thanks and congratulations to you all! Micha
Felicity replies: Thanks Micha and do keep in touch about your own adventure!
A huge thankyou to Kaspersky who made it all happen without their support it may not have got off the ground. Also what a bunch of woman, it took guts and determination to do what they have achieved. We love you all. New Zealand rocks thanks Kylie.
Congratulations - Great going! Hope the watches worked to your satisfaction. Big hug to everybody Soren
A Message for Stephanie Solomonides: Well done Stephanie. Hope to see you in Cyprus in June. All the best. Love Ken & Marie
Huge congratulations to the WHOLE team. You should be tremendously proud of yourselves!
Congrats to all you ladies!!!! I can only imagine how you must feel right now. You have been a wonderful role model to my family and friends here in the USA and so many people worldwide. It proves that you can do anything you set your mind to. Thanks for allowing us to be part of your journey and thanks for showing the world that girls can kick a little butt!!! Enjoy the trip home. You all earned some comfort. :-) Big hug, Christina
If some asked me a year ago who would do something like this, I would never have been able able to imagine even remotely could have even imagine something like this. Now it is over a good night out is a must! A good night out like the old days stef! plus did u do what I asked you to do?
You're all awesome. Huge congratulations. Keep hold of your down jackets - it's not that warm here in London at the moment ;o) Jenny xxx
Congratulations Ladies!!! What an incredile accomplishment. I have been thinking of you all braving the cold and whatever else you encountered.
FAO: Helen Turton. Damm well Done. BPE
I congragulate the team for this achivement.It is amatter of proud for us all in the Common Wealth Countries that our team did it. I congrgulate the team leader and very specially Reena Kaushal who happened to be the wife of one of my collegue and a Great mountaineer Mr. loveraj Singh Daramsattu, who has scaled Mt.Everest thrise and many other peaks in India. Congrats and Keep it up...
CONGRATULATIONS! I think you are all amazing. There's really nothing more to add! Rachel x
hello , I JUST GOT HOME FROM HOLIDAY WHERE I COULD NOT FOLLOW YOUR TRIP WHAT A BIG PROGRESS YOU MADE CONGRATULATION AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL I see you found the way to keep fit but I am not quite sure you ll manage to make it very popular ! love myriam
Congratulations to the whole team, what an unbelievable achievement!!! Hels, you are undoubtedly the strongest and most determined woman I know... not only have you managed this but just a few days after Namibia too. I'm sorry this is my first message, it's taken me this long to figure out how I could get in touch! Was following you all the way though and thought of you often. We await your return, my inbox has been somewhat empty since you left. ;o) Huge hugs my friend. G xxx
Dear Stephanie, Warmest congratulations on your great achievement! Here at BPW Cyprus we are all very proud of you as a woman who has excelled with hard work, perseverance, overcoming obstacles and enduring hardships. We hope that many young women will follow in your footsteps. Well done!! Happy New Year and all the best always. Alexandra Galanou, President, BPW Cyprus.
hello! I happen to come across a artical in the papers and decided to drop by the web page. I should say i'm really very proud of you guys! Well done! I was just wondering how the team was form and wondering how to actually join the team if anyone is interested? Sumithra
Tim (UK Support) replies:Hi Sumithra, the team were recruited about a year ago by responding to adverts in their own countries. The team have just finished their expedition so I'm afraid it's a bit late for anyone else to join now!
Pregunta si se aburren,o estan cansados. Qué tal el año nuevo?
Tim (UK Support and Translator) replies:Hola Benjamin! I doubt they have time to be bored yet but suspect they are very tired. They celebrated at least as many New Year's as there are countries amongst the team so probably had a pretty good time!
To Steph and all ladies .. healthy and happy New Year .. you closed the decade with the best way you could :-) Steph, see you in Cyprus soon ..
You have proved that you are not less then Loveraj, if he he can summit highest pks of world so you can also do different which are not so easy. Congratulation and happy new year from all of us. Take good care.
Cogratulations on reaching the Pole
Congratulations Team Kaspersky!!!!!! Is such great news to hear that you arrived at the South Pole after an incredible journey. Love and hugs from NZ. Mel xx
Hi Reena Happy New Year to you and All the Team, love Laxmi Barbie, Vikrant Mummy, Habu Lavoo Dampu
Do you think your journey will make broadcast network such as CNN/60 Minutes or PBS in the USA? Thank you, congratulations, best wishes in 2010!
Tim (UK Support) replies: I don't know all the details Steven but you can expect something on the TV your side of the Atlantic in a week or so's time.
Congragulations!!!! What an achievement. I am so glad I met you all (at the Queen's reception at Marlborough House and Felicity for lunch afterwards). Have a great evening... it is New Year's Eve... and think of what you can possibly do in 2010 to match this!! Best wishes Caroline (Pontefract)
Hi Reena congratulations we are proud of you, a happy new year to you and your team mates Dampu
to Felicity,Reena, Steph, Era, Sophia, Kylie and lastly but certainly not least Helen When I met you all at Crofton I was so impressed with your courage at even attempting this massive expedition. Now I want to congratulate all of you for being so amazing, inspirational and brave but mostly for being such a lovely group of ladies. Look forward to seeing you again on the 11th January at Heathrow xxxxxxx
happy new year felicity. if you are still at the pole you can have two new years by hopping over the international date line! might be a bit like ground hog day. love dad
Congratulations to the team! Happy New Year! Hope you manage to see in the NY with a good celebration as well as get some well earned rest and time with your family and friends.
Happy new year from Denmark and congratulations with you conqueror the South Pole - you are the best.
For Reena Brilliant and Congratulations. Dr Pankaj Mumbai India
Hi Kylie. What an accomplishment, you are SO cool! Looking forward to see you again, have loads of white wine, see ohotos, have more white wine..:)) Happy new year to you and the rest of the team of coolest woman:))) (Cool in more than one sense...geeeze,minus how much??) hugs from Mia
dear stephanie congatulation from sophia evaggelia from cyprus.
Sophia, Dr Lee Seng Tee and I send you and your teammates our heartiest and warmest congratulations from Singapore and Bali (!) on reaching the South Pole! We are so proud of you! KC Chew in Bali
Hurrraaa you are so cool, a BIG TILLYKKE :)
Congratulations to Era Al-Sufri, the first Bruneian ever to ski to the South Pole; Stephanie Solomonides, the first Cypriot ever to ski to the South Pole; Reena Kaushal Dharmshaktu, the first Indian woman to ski all the way to the South Pole; Sophia Pang the first woman from Singapore to ski to the South Pole; Kylie Wakelin, the first woman from New Zealand to ski to the South Pole; Helen Turton who has fulfilled her long-held ambition to ski to the South Pole. Last but not least to Felicity Aston who has lead the team from 7 nations to ski to the south pole safely within 38 days!! Congratulations once again!!
Congradulations! girls!!!! Sptephanie we are so proud of you xxx
Congradulations girls!!!! I am so proud of you! Can't wait to see you Steph. Really missed you xxx
Well done to all of you. Very proud of you here in Cyprus. Steph, Happy New Year and enjoy this amaising dream
Congratulations to you all! You must be absolutely over the moon! Can't wait to hear all the stories about your trip Kylie. We're all so proud of you and look forward to seeing you soon . Happy New Year to you all. Lots of love and hugs xoxoxo
Congratulations girls! Wow what an achievement!! So proud of you Kylie, can't wait to hear all about it. Michaela
Hi Felicity Congratulation on achieving your goal- have been getting updates from Sally and Doug. Happy new year
you girls are amazing!!!! Bravo re Steph! 2009 - easily your best year ever?
I saw the article about the expedition in the January issue of Readers Digest! Wow, what an amazing experience for you all. And you"ve done it- reached the South Pole. Congratulations!
Yia xara Steph. Well done to all of you :D
Hi Reena, Congratulation for your Big Achievement! Love Saru
Hi A quick question for the National Geographic evening. Are there any indicators of global warming down at the pole? ie is the temp warmer? More ice melt etc? Donna
Tim (UK Support) replies:<> Hi Donna, this question was actually asked on the night (perhaps by you?). I'm sure Felicity can fill you in when she's back but, as I recall, her view was that as climate change is something that happens over a long period of time, it would be difficult to observe such a "change" with a single visit.
To Stephanie: Although we have never met, let me say I am extremely proud that you are participating in this expedition. Victor has been keeping me up to date with your progress. You are indeed a rare jewel! Happy New Year from your cousin in the US. Michael Solomonides
So this is where we can communicate!! we have been replying on tweet with no success... Happy Birthday to my sis Sophia, the whole family is waiting for you to be home. Enjoy the moment!!
Team congratulations on reaching your goal, and a big Happy Birthday to Sophia! Best! Russel Wayne
I send this around approximately the time that you will be nearing the end of the last day of skiing. I have tears in my eyes as i type. I feel privileged to have witnessed this great adventure, logging in every day from India. You have worked very hard and you have truly earned this wonderful achievement. If you never do anything again in your lives, you will still die the happiest women ever. LOL. Happy New Year and Happy New Decade.
Dear Reena Di Hi Great to see the efforts put by you and your team.We are all very proud of you.keep it up we are praying for your safety and care."HE WHO DARES WIN" and Di YOU DARED u WILL WIN
Reenaji!!! Almost there!!! Go girl!!!
Kylie....we are in Westport in a pub checking on your progress! You are almost there...awesome...Have a fantastic New Year ...we'll have a drink or two for you. Look forward to catching up with you when you return. Love Dallas & Mike, Row & Spencer xxx
we're all thinking of you steph. merry christmas and happy new year! glad to here it's all going well. good luck and we hope you're not too cold! xxxxx
Congratulations Kylie to you and the girls. What an amazing feat. Looking forward to seeing you home to fatten you up. Love from Mum, Bill, Cessie and all the family. You are a star!
Merry Christmass Stef! I'm impressed man...Ipes to ke ekanes to :) Lots of love from cyprus xxx
Hi Girls - Can't wait to see you all SOON! WELL DONE. Only one more day to go. I hope 'civilisation' won't be too much of a downer for you. love Sarah & Jim XX
Congratulations Flis and team! I´m currently in Chilean Patagonia so not too far from you guys! What a fantastic achievement! I will raise a Pisco Sour to you all! Lots of love, Sam xxx
Hi girls What a huge achievement. Many congratulations. I am so impressed. I hope 2010 is a bumper year for you all, and are ready to help change the world - for the better! Huge hugs to you all. Shane
Congratulations on reaching the pole.
I was a pleasure meeting all the amazing women in your expedition who came to the South Pole. I hope you enjoyed my and Jimmy's southern hospitality. Please keep in touch.
Dear Reena, Faith makes things possible, hope makes things work,love makes things beautiful,May u have all three things in the coming year 2010.Wishing u a prosperous New year!!! Love Saru
CONGRATULATIONS Fantastic news! Well done everyone and a wonderful herald to the new year!! Looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back. Chris
Tim or whoever gets this can you get a message to the girls. Just to wish them the best of congratulations in achieving the goal. Big well done and hugs to them all. Very proud. Justin
Congratulations, Sophia! You made it to the South Pole. warm regards tsueyling NTU Alumni Affairs Office
Congratulations on your success! What an amazing feat! I hope you all enjoyed warm showers and a real bed to sleep in. Happy New Year to you all. Lian
Congratulations Reena!!!!!! That is absolutely amazing. I'm super proud to say you are my friend. Huge hugs!! Get warm!!! Galen Dossin Singh
Hi Kylie Wakelin I was just reading the news today of your great success and wanted to wish you and your team congratulations. Take Care and say gidday to Mt Cook for me Dave
Hi Sophia, It is great to see you again on TV, for being the first Singapporean woman to reach the south pole. What a great achievement! Well Done! Best Wishes, Elgin (Shakey pizza from long time ago)
To Felicity and all the team. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Fantastic achievement. Every one on your team is an inspiration to others to follow their dreams! CONGRATULATIONS, David and Margaret Turton.
So proud of u my dear fren!!! 1st Indian woman in the South pole! Congratulations to u and to all ur team members. Amazing grit, determination and spirit shown Isalute u all.Hope to talk to u soon.LOtsa love.Naina.
Many many congratulations to all the team. All our love Guy. Adventure First Aid. X
Well done girls I'm delighted to read you've arrived at your destination you're an inspiration to women everywhere! and a special message to Stephanie tromero to katorthoma sas sou efchome oti to kalo! Elena
To Felicity, Era, Sophia, Reena, Kylie, Helen, and Stephanie hearty congratulations on your great achievement and all the best for a happy and healthy 2010. God bless.
To the Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Expedition, heartiest congratulations on your accomplishment in reaching the South Pole, and warmest wishes from your friends at Comex. In her Christmas message, HM the Queen called the Commonwealth “an opportunity.” You have turned its opportunities for understanding and adventure into inspiring achievements.
Hi reena, boys are congratulating you and your team on your success. please please get some ice for our ice creams from south pole. all the best, keep it up, we are with you
Read about your expedition. Just amazing!! For all the efforts that you ladies have put in, the training, the courage, the teamwork.. Well Done!! Pray that you will reach the geographic south pole on New Year Day!!!
Awesome effort all of you. What a wonderful way to spend New Years. Many many congrats from all the Mount Cook Crew. You rock Kylie and Co. Safe and happy travels home. Cheers for now, Bu
Hi Reena, Congratulation!! for ur Big achievement.m very Happy for u. Once again Congratulation to u and ur team. Love Saru
Brilliant well done all of you I'll be ring Murray tonight Kylie. Have been following your journey sporadicaly but very excited by the brave adventure. About 60degrees warmer here and Twizel looked just great a few days ago.From us here at Maungati (Cannington) NZ. Best wishes from Tony and Bridget and family
Congratulations Steph and Team for your achievment in reaching you goal! Steph we are sure you will be looking forward to returning to sunny Cyprus to thaw out! All the best.... George & Val
Hi Kylie, we see you are getting real close now, keep up the good spirits,glad to hear your feeling great. Its a gale SW here at Cook today but of course just balmy in Twiz which is by now completely overrun with boatees and the like. Looking forward to seeing you in the new year, love from the Delaneys
Hello Felicity Good luck to you all on your amazing journey. What a journey and what an experience. Happy New Year Love Jackie
Hi Felicity, Best wishes for your sucessful conclussion of your expedition. May we wish you & your team a very happy New Year. With Love from, Brian, Tina & the Wilkins family
Happy Birthday, Sophia, from all of us at NTU's Alumni Affairs Office. We are with you on your journey to the pool. Keep up the spirit and keep the faith. Cheers!
Hay Kylie you old devil, bloody impressive- Not far now ay-legendary! if you want I can buy you tshirts from the south pole from the mcmurdo store for only 5$ hahaah seriously !!! let me know Also I work with a guy called Paul who is good mates with Reena-were sitting next to each other checking out your website Enjoy the final ski Billy
Just want to say hello to Stephanie Solomonides and all her team mates, I think what you have achieved is absolutely amazing and I truly hope that each of you succeed in sending the message you want to everyone in your country and worldwide. Steph I think what you achieved is incredible, I look forward to a very long chat with you when you return, but it has to be quick before you get tired of talking about your adventures!!
Well done girls!! Good luck on the final leg of this amazing expedition!! :) Ps. Steph, all your friends in Cyprus are thinking of you honey!! XX
Hi Felicity and team, Just a message to say that I think you are all fantastic and I'll be following your progress as you navigate the Last Degree. What you have already covered is incredible and I cannot wait to read your web updates when you reach the South Pole. Rachel
Wow Kylie, I am a friend of your Dad's and have just looked up your web site and what you are doing.What an inspiration you are. Your Dad is so proud of you and so he should be. I will send on your link to my daughters they will be so inspired by what you are doing. You are a blessing. Take care. God speed you and the Team. Denyse
All the best to the team for the approaching D Day...special hello to my dear friend Reena...girl you are doing great Keep up the Josh Shweta
Ms Kaul and her fellow explorers- India is proud of you. And Maj Vikrant's friends even more so... send pics. God Speed
Reena! I can't believe you are almost there! We just left last week, so sorry to be missing you but you'll find a little something at the pole! Good luck on the last degree! Lots of Love, Kate
This is for Stephanie and the group. We follow your journey on a daily basis and are very proud of you. Well done girls!! here are our wishes for a Happy New Year and all the best to you. Fly the flags and bring us some snow to freeze all wounds and brighten the world!! Wish there were more young people like you Lots of love and best wishes. Costas and Rita Severis from Cyprus
WOW... not far to go girlies. You're so amazing! Keep it up. So glad the weather was kind to you on Christmas Day. We were thinking of you as we munched our oysters and prawns in Oz!! Lots of love and the best of wishes for the last hard pulk-pull. Jo & Morten x
Hi Sophia, this is Philip from Changi Sports Medicine Centre. Just dropping by to say I've been following closely the details and progress of the expedition and am happy to see the progress of the team. A belated merry Christmas to you and the team.
hello felicity,absolutely amazing to know you have only a few more days before reaching the pole!you are all amazing young women! have a bottle of bubbly waiting to be opened,doug and I will toast you all, hope Santa managed to sneak something extra in the sledges for you all. Thinking of you Love SAlly and Doug
Glad to see your having fun.Hope you have had a great xmas.Good luck for the rest of your trip.
Just started following your trip. Well done all of you, amazing adventure. PLenty of marmite here kylie.
To Reena Kaushal Dharmshaktu hey, I am daughter of co of Vikrant uncle's unit. I just wanted to wish u all the best and let u how inspired I am by u!!! I wish there were more women like u... u make us all so proud.... hoping u very successful and safe journey.... regards chaman chandhoke
not sure if its worth me sending yu guys a msg. We will hopefully be seeing yu real soon. A big congrats for making it all that way.. By the looks of the vid clips ont news, it looks like hard going!! Really great to hear from yu Felicity & even better to recieve your fab xmas gift! I love them. Christmas was a very sad affair without yu. Boxing day, i was allowed to get up late & we didnt do anything. Its normally your great idea to go walk off all the christmas sarns!! Where are the pictures of your makeshift tree ey? I am looking forward to doing christmas all over with you, love yu all & keep focused, don't let your guards down, things always happen when your closest to home. Hear from yu tomorrow at regents street amongst christmas sale shopping!! Spence
Nearly there, nearly there - all your trials, aches and pains will be worth it..we're looking fwd to some fantastic pics Steph!!
Have just checked your progress Kylie and see you are very close to completing. What an accomplishment - you are an inspiration. Have a great New Year and enjoy that marmite on toast!
Hi Era we are all very excited that you are now closer to the south pole wow.From the beginning we know you can do it and the last time we spoke 25 december, you are ever still energetic and with high spirit. gosh...kaka we are all so proud of you. cant wait to see photos of you actually holding our brunei flag in south pole. All our prayers with you always.love your family
Hi to you fabulous girls, as I write you must have one day to go. Wish we could meet you at the pole! ! What am I going to do after your last podcast?, might go back to work. Really looking forward to seeing you when ever you manage to get home Kylie. All our love and safe wishes B& M
Hi ALL, Happy new year to all of you. Cheers:)
How do you pronounce Mojometer? Is it Mojo-meter or Mojom-eter?
Tim (UK Support and inventor of the Mojo-Meter) replies: Definitely the former
I am so excited for you. I have watched your progress and am thrilled that you are within the last degree. Congratulations. What a trip!!!
Don't worry about the chillblains Felicity now your near the pole you'll get some good food inside you and they will heal quickly.....just take care tomorrow!!! x x x (Are chilllblains the same as frost nip?)
Tim (UK Support and stand-in medic) replies: Chilblains aren't quite the same as frostbite. As I understand, they're more to do with damaged capillaries than frozen flesh (not quite as bad, I reckon!)
Come on ladies...the end is in sight. We're all holding our breath, all very proud of you I'm sure :)
hey era, merry xmas and happy new year. Keep up the good work. and merry xmas to all girls we're all praying for you over here in Brunei
merry christmas girls!!!! Hey cousin steph :)we really miseed you. not long now until you reach the south pole. Take care girls xxxxxx
MERRY XMAS AND HAPPY NAME DAY.WITH LOVE TO STEPHANIE!
Not far now Kylie and the team! Sounds like you had a super christmas day and I hope the blisters stayed at bay for the occasion. Thinking of you heaps and keeping regular checks on your progress. Hope you are having a fantastic time and see you soon Kylie. xx
I have been following your journey as a voyeur from afar in awe and admiration. After hearing you sing I had to write. I have been a teacher for more than thirty years and I love how girls/women have evolved in my lifetime. You epitomize today's woman-You can be or do ANYTHING you dream. Your journey is a testament to young women that you can take on a challenge and succeed if you believe in yourself. What a great group of ladies you are-I salute you and thank you for allowing me come along via the Internet-Safe and warm here in my home. God bless each of you-Stay safe. An Admirer
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Merry Christams Steph! Uncle Roger with us for Christmas lunch seeing HOnor and Charlotte today - much talk of you and lots of raising of glasses of champagne to you and the team. Nearly there!!! lots of love xx
happy nameday cousin xx hope you and the girls are okay! we are watching your progress and we are glad to see that you are almost there! miss you pelli muu.. looking forward to seeing you soon!!! love and kisses from all the family and your parents ofc! :)
Merry Christmas All!! Era & Reena - Happy Holidays!!
wonderful to speak to you on Christmas Day What a treat All our presents were brilliant, just perfect. The photo made me shed a tear. Wonderful Days we had All the talk here is about you coming home. So near. Love you xxx
Cousinnnnnnnnn!!!! happy name day stephhh mou and i wish u all the best for xmas!! I MISS U SOOOOOO MUCHHHHHH!! we r all soo proud of you!:))))))))))))))) love u re cousini, keep it up and im gonna try talking to u over twitter:p
Really great to hear your voice Felicity and know that your doing alright......hang in there. You'll be excited to know that Martin saw you all on the international news in Cambodia. Love you loads and take care. Alex x
Hope you enjoyed Christmas. We have been thinking of you espcially when playing in the snow. Have got to ask how do you manage to keep your feet warm? Mine were freezing after just ten minutes in the snow. Best Wishes to you all and especially to you Stephanie, looking forward to seeing you soon. x
Merry Xmas and best of luck to follow you all the way till the end. We think and pray for you daily. ESL '77.
Hi Reena All the best, take care. Praying for your safety. Looking forward to meet you soon.
Dear Reena, Keep up with the 'josh'. We are following your progress daily. Merry Christmas to all your team members.
It must be really difficult for Kim-Marie Spence in Jamaica right now as her friends nearly reach the pole. Christmas greetings to her. I hope her cold injuries are healing well. You are not forgotten.
Hi to Kylie and the Girls Merry Christmas to you all! Enjoy the fudge! In true wakelin tradition we are having left over dessert for breakfast and thinking of you. No chance of loosing half our body weight here on the mainland. You are all doing so well, keep up the good work, not long now. You ladies deserve a medal for the mental and physical hardship you have endured over the last month or two. Keep warm Love Ava George TRavis, D and C
Hallo girl :) "Glædelig jul" Miss you a lot, looking forward to catch you on the phone ;) But I have to ask you this now - can you come to a wedding in may :):):):) Kæmpe knus og kram Line og Martin - love you ;)
Merry Christmas Steph. I enjoyed listening to the CyBC2 interview :-). There are many people you don't know round the world avidly following your progress. Keep up the splendid work. Larry
Merry Xmas Ladies!! Almost there!! Keep charging. Keep smiling. Love from NZ. Mel xx
Hi Reena, Merry Christmas to you all.lots of love luck and best wishes. You all are just a few kms away from the south pole WOW.Missing you
Hi Steph and girls, just wanted let you know we're thinking of you and will raise a toast to you today - love and Happy Christmas to you all. Vic & Eliz
temp:-10, morale: 4/5, eating: a lot. Hello Kylie! We are in our own Antarctic conditions here in Scotland in the Mackie house. Just heard your message on Christmas morning and will be thinking of you when were tucking into all Gael's yummy dinner! Good luck your nearly there! love from Gael, Ray, Eilidh, Caity, Alasdair, Tip and new puppy Brid. x
Flis, Happy Christmas, you and the team are doing brilliantly! I am home in Pembrokehsire for Christmas then i'm off to cycle the length of New Zealand - good luck for the final push to the pole. Tori x
Merry Christmas to you all Such a special day and a day when we shall all think about you and admire your achievements You are all so nearly there and so nearly back with all your loved ones. It has been a priviledge to meet and get to know you all See you soon xxxxxxx one each
Reena, What a beginning to 2010, Our prayers for you and your team members. Merry Xmas Santa is from the north pole, any there at the South? With Lotsa Love
Wishing all the team members the best of health and luck. Hope to hear very soon that all of you will be at the South Pole Station. Hope my card from Singapore wil reach you before you left the Anatarctic.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a warm night.. Keep moving forward, it is incredible what you have and will be accomplishing.. Cheers to all of you from the USA...
Hi Steph and girls, sorry to miss you on radio. You're all doing so well, do take care and look after yourselves, Happy Christmas to you all
Era, how do you conduct your daily prayers?
Era (Brunei) replies: I do my prayers in the tent. The times are convenient so I can do them inside. The prayers are roughly 5:11am for Subo, 1:53pm for Suvor. Asr is about 6:11pm, and then Maghrib is about 10:15pm. I went on the website and it actually has the Kiblar direction for Antarctica which was south so I can use my compass to find it. (Apologies if the terms are spelled incorrectly. This message was transcribed from a satellite phone. - Tim, UK Support).
No santa or penguins yet but the Twin Otters just dropped and dropped off chocolate cake and a parcal from Eva and George including fudge. Thanks! Team received fudge for birthday. Got our Christmas present! It arrived today and we are going to eat today - it's going to go down an absolute treat! (I got this message a week or so back but have only just been able to get it up after fixing those technical problems. Better late than never I hope! - Tim, UK Support)
We have been keeping an eye on your progress - what an expedition...! Just wanted to send love & best wishes from a snowy Tonbridge Kent England. Happy Christmas to you all Celia
I guess the time zone the explorers are in changes dependent on their location so close to the pole...but what approx zone are they in now please? I'm based in Southampton UK but am originally from Cyprus... Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to the team running the expedition. I have been really impressed by the way everything has gone so far. Dr Larry Day
Tim (UK Support and Time Lord) replies: Hello Dr Larry! The Amundsen-Scott research station at the South Pole operates on New Zealand time (currently GMT +13) because that's where most of the scientists fly there from. But as I'm sure you know, it's 24 hour daylight at the moment so it doesn't make a huge amount of difference what time you set your circadian clock to and the girls are operating on GMT -3.
Hi Sophia I am Tsuey Ling from the NTU Alumni Affairs Office. We're cheering you on. So, keep the faith. Hope'll be able to share your adventure when you return. Is it likely to be 14 Jan? We look forward to featuring you and the expedition in NTULink. Take good care and see you in the new year. warm regards tsueyling NTU Alumni Affairs Office
hey steph! Merry christmas! We are all v. proud of you! Keep it up and do come home in one piece! Good luck to all of you! Xxxxxxxx
Felicity, Following your progress on BBC local news, having read about you in the Sunday Times Mag. You and your family are inspirational. Good luck and Happy Xmas!
Merry Christmas to the team members who celebrates Christmas. Have a totally white Christmas...
Great job lady’s It is good to see that you are all functioning so well under this harsh conditions But if you are using photo equipment, is that also working well? I am curious, if you have camera’s what brand and how reliable are they ? Have a nice, and (certainly) white Christmas
I want to thank Tim for the continued messages that you post really appreciate being kept in touch, have a happy Christmas I'm sure from every one in contact sincerely BAS
Dear Kylie arrived about 2pm at B&Ms for Christmas, finished shopping now having a beer. Wish you were here, but that will be soon anyway Off to Nelson in a couple of days to get the boat on the trailer so to get scallops. Thinking of you heaps hope you are well, hi to all the other girls, you have hit 9000 ft great, go go. Love you heaps Dad
Era & the girls, what will you do the moment you girls reach the south pole? Its not long now. So happy for you gals, what an achievement!
Hi Era, hang in there! not long now for you and the girls reach the south pole!!
Hi Era! I have been reading and listening to your podcasts. It's really great to hear you are in high spirits. Allah is always with you and watching over you. I just want to say that you and the team are doing fantastically! I can only imagine and it may not even come close to what you guys are experiencing. Thank you all for being role models and an inspiration! Take good care. We have been praying for you here. Wishing you Selamat Tahun Baru and lots of love and hugs!
Hi Kylie....just keep on pushing on, you can do it! ...look forward to catching up with you back in tropical Twizel.
Stephanie, it's a pleasure to know that one of us is out there doing something special, well done, I can't imagine how amazing it must be out there! Nausica
hii stephy!!! we were glad to hear you on the radio and so happy to learn your news. hope you continue like this and keep your hands warm as your mum said. we wish you & the team a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. lots of love and kisses Daf,Vic,Myria,Phivos, Toula and Tony xxxx we sent you another message but i think it didn't get to you..
Era's weight contest: 220 Kcal what does the K stand for in the Power Porridge?
Tim (UK Support and Nutritionist of the Day) replies: It's short for kilocalorie which, for all intents and purposes, is the same as your regular calorie!
Hi Felicity and team, Huge congratulations on the immense progress you have already made. A fantastic and well-derserved achievement all round. It's exactly 11 months ago today that we were at 88 degrees South - cold, and very tired, but the prize is very close now and the feeling of achievement when you reach the Pole very soon will just blow your mind ! Keep it up - following and supporting you all, every step of the way :) Hylton James (in a boring London office !)
Merry Christmas to Kylie and all the girls. You must be knackered. Not far to go now. keep the pecker up and we'll see you home soon Ky's. Love Mum, Bill and Cessie xxx
God jul Kylie, you are doing really well. Hope the motivation is on top level, and enjoy the last week of your adventure. We are off to Dublin today, miss having you around. See you soon. Love.
Go for it girl. Have just been given your web address.Your mum's cousin,Tom & I (on the West Coast)wish you all the best. Nearly there. Have a great Xmas.
To Kylie and all the team...we wish you a very Merry Christmas and will drink a toast to you on Christmas Day. You're so close now...we're with you all the way. You're an inspiration to us all. Lots of warm hugs to you all...Love Row & Spence xxx
Hi Helen Just seen your photo and an piece in the Reader Digest, really pleased you got into the team, as usual in your photo there is the big Helen grin. Hope all is going well, with no major problems, Take care Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, to someone who just loves the climate,#Cheers Marilyn and Michael
Greetings from a positively balmy UK, basking in a glorious -5 deg.C heatwave right now, LOL! ;-) Just read about your expedition in the latest edition of the Reader's Digest (UK) magazine. Fascinating! Congratulations to Felicity for pulling the project together. I wish the whole team - expeditioneers and support crew - the very best of luck for a successful outcome, and a Merry Crimbo. Cheers, Peter
We did really well and the children really enjoyed the challenge. We filled in a large A3 graph daily and on our Mt Cook camp late Nov we walked out to the Tasman Glacier to get our 1 km a day in. We reckoned that out on the Glacier Explorers trip, the icebergs were our little bit of Antarctica...like where Kylie is!
Our school finished on the 11 Dec, so chn took their own graph hom for the holiday and some will carry on with it. Shame it was during hols but the activity won't be lost.
How is the expedition going? I was thinking today that the team will be only a week away from their target if all is going well.
Love to Kylie from all in Room 9 and Chris....Merry Christmas on ice! xxxxxx
No matter how much I try to convince myself otherwise, I am only left in admiration for what you have done and are doing. Keep pushing. It'll all be worth it in the end.
Hey! You are really, really close! Best to you all for the last push; we're all here just waiting for the excellent news! Stay basic and keep on trucking. When it is hard for you to push, go on for your mates, the reward of that has no end. No injuries! All team! Peter and Karina
Helen, as always your journey is an insperation, up there with all the great explorers. I wish you & the team a good final push to your goal, a very Merry Christmas & successful New Year.
Hey! You are really, really close! Best to you all for the last push; we're all here just waiting for the excellent news! Stay basic and keep on trucking. When it is hard for you to push, go on for your mates, the reward of that has no end. No injuries! All team! Peter and Karina
Helen, as always your journey is an insperation, up there with all the great explorers. I wish you & the team a good final push to your goal, a very Merry Christmas & successful New Year.
Stephy mou! Happy Christmas! I miss you and I hope you still have those sweaty hands of yours. We'll have to have a belated new years celebration when I see you in January. Lots of love from London malakaaaaaaa ;)
Bore Da Felicity and all the team, Your dad and kel tried an expedition to France this week but the adverse weather got the better of them. You are all doing really well out there. Happy Christmas to you all from the Arthurs and everyone in Wales.xx
When you arrive at the Pole, How do you get back?
Hey! I have a question - What happens when they reach the geographic South pole?? Do they have to ski back? Or will there be another base camp there with an aeroplane waiting to take them to Chile?
Hello Kylie thinking of you all the time, watching the moral guage!! looking at the Klms, there is only as far as from here to Timaru to go, lift up and away. how do you get back from the Pole? Plane or helicopter?? Do go carefully, MRW will be with us on xmas day so we will have a wine for you in anticipation, all our love and very best wishes to all the girls hugs all round, Aunty B and co
Tim (UK Support) replies:Gordon, Alex, Barbara... They will be - touch wood - picked up! The same plane, as run by ALE, that dropped them off and re-supplied them, will arrive at the South Pole to fly them back to the Patriot Hills base camp before returning to Chile, London and, eventually, their respective countries.
No, do not let the mojo meter slip the wrong way. You are all so close now to your goal and what a goal No one here can imagine how difficult this has been for you all. You are amazing and I am very proud to have met you all. Keep going, chin up and whatever you need to do. You are so nearly there. Love to all
Yeia sou Steph mou, parakoloutho ta messages sou kai se thaumazo..exeis kardia trela mou, poli kardia. Na prosexis kai nasai kala. Pola filia file mou. Kala Xristougenna kai tha se doume stin Kirpo. To all magnificent ladies that are with you: You ladies are great. All special forces in the world should salute you as you are a true inspiration and example to all the rest of us. Merry Xmas from the island of Cyprus.
Hi everyone! We are students from Rainbow Elementary private school and we just wanted to tell you that we are watching your progress and we all admire you. Let us all wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with lots of amazing adventures like this one!Kisses from Cyprus!!xxxxx
C'mon Kylie you are nearly there. We are with you all the way. Missing you and looking forward to seeing you home. Love,Mum,Bill and Cessie.
Best wishes to Steph & team from your friends in IRELAND - we're following your progress and are really proud of you. Keep your wee hands warm and all your bits safe from Jack Frost. We're all slipping and sliding here in the snow so you may give us some advice when you finish. Love V&E
Merry Christmas Steph, all the best!! You make us proud!! Keep going!!!
This is for Steph: Hope you're doing ok! I'm avidly listening to all the podcasts and making sure your spectacular support system on FB get all your updates! You're amazing! (As you should know by now!!) Big big hugs, and looking forward to some sushi and saki next time we get to see each other. x
Stephy!!! wishing you and the girls a very merry christmas!! sending you lots of love from home baby xxxx
Steph! I hope you are having a fantastic time out there, sending you lots of best wishes and big christmas cheers! Build a snowman for me! xx
Merry Xmas from us all to Steph all the gang. Great achievement girls.
Hi Kylie..greetings from the West Coast. It's just awesome the progress you are all making! We think of you every day, so it's great to have the progress chart and podcasts to keep us informed.Weather here is changeable...certainly not summer weather, but no doubt warmer than where you are LOL. Well done girls keep up the great work. Love from Row & Spence
Hello Steph. How are you doing? We realy missed you. Can't wait to see you. Keep up the good work. You and the team are in our thoughts. Good luck girls xxxxx
Good luck Stephanie. May God bless all of you xxxx
steph mu we are very proud of you. love you. ps never forget ur thermal underwear.
Steph! Merry merry christmas. Every drink I drink the first two sips will be in your honour. We miss you very much in Cyprus, and the babies feel uncomfortably safe now that the cradle-snatching grandma is gone! Muchos love
Hi Steph. Built any massive snowmen yet? Although, you probably don't want to go wasting your carrots for noses... Thinking of you always. Lots of love XXXXXXX
We are all inspired and proud of all the girls down there and especially of our own Steph. Go, go till the end with the best of LUCK!
Stephyyyy hope all is well, miss you and can't wait for you to tell us about your adventure when you come back to the jungle :D xx
HI REENA, Best wish for your Antarctica expedition and i prey to god to complete successful expedition.
Keep it up girls, wishing you all the best...To Steph: "Soul and nerve" :) what u gals are doin is simply amazing xx
Steph, I hope none of your limbs have been mauled off by any bears. I know, I know there are no bears where you're at, but still the thought is funny. Remember to always take a rifle with you to the loo. Check yourself so you don't wreck yourself. The WHOLE of Cyprus is behind you. It's not actually that big but it's still behind you.
Go go go! You guys amaze me by the very fact that you're doing this. Seen any Antartic lost cities yet? Please say yes. :] And a special "Steph, gera, me tsambouka!" to the Cypriot.
Steph, really proud of you. Hope Christmas is ace. Sorry your leaving drinks were cancelled. Maybe some welcome back drinks instead!? X x
Steph keep it up we've been watching Ur progress. we are so proud of u. wishes to all of u
Go Steph, I am so proud of what you are doing and have become an even more entertaining guest at dinner parties when I tell people that I know you! Lots of love Charles
Hey Stef moo, Merry Christmas from a very distant and tropical Colombia. PRoud of you, God Bless, Merry Christmas, and I sure hope you run into Santa's southern workshop hub.I believe that's where my presents came from when I lived in South Africa. The North pole was just not practical enough. And dude, remember to take too many pics. Hronya Pola!
Hello to steph and the rest of the team! how is it going?? im trying to keep up with your trip! you are doing great, keep it up!! sending you many warm hugs from cyprus!!!! filou8kia kori!!!! :D
Proud of you Steph! Merry Christmas to