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It took her just over sixty days, covering more than 800 miles on skis while pulling a 350-pound sledge.

Five years ago, in January 2018, Norwegian adventurer and oncology nurse Astrid Furholt became the first woman to ski to the South Pole in Roald Amundsen’s tracks.

By then she had already crossed the Greenland ice cap, traversed Spitsbergen, and was one of the very few to have crossed the Campo Hielo de Norte or Northern Patagonian icefield.

Furholt, who was invited to the recent Shackleton autumn school in Athy, Co Kildare, spoke about surviving polar storms and her clear memories of the day she reached her target.

“One of those things that was clear to me...I saw a picture in my head of my patient who told me to live my life while I was alive,” she said.

Hear more in this interview for Wavelengths below

Furholt’s interview on her project, Finding Your South Pole, at the Shackleton autumn school last October is below

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