Ice Maidens show high en­durance

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS -

Two women who were part of an all-fe­male team that made his­tory ear­lier this year by cross­ing the Antarc­tic un­aided have re­vealed med­i­cal tests showed the ex­tra­or­di­nary en­durance of their bod­ies.

Six women from the Bri­tish Army, known as the Ice Maidens, be­came the largest all-fe­male group to ski coast to coast on the frozen con­ti­nent.

They com­pleted the 1,000-mile jour­ney in ex­treme con­di­tions, pulling an 80kg sledge be­hind them in tem­per­a­tures as low as -42C for 62 days be­fore cross­ing the fin­ish­ing line at Her­cules In­let in Jan­uary.

The full results of med­i­cal tests us­ing data gath­ered from the women dur­ing their ex­pe­di­tion are ex­pected to be pub­lished in the com­ing weeks.

Early in­di­ca­tions sug­gest a “high fe­male bi­o­log­i­cal ca­pac­ity for ex­treme en­durance ex­er­cise”.

Results from pre­vi­ous ex­pe­di­tions – mostly made up of men and civil­ian women – found par­tic­i­pants lost a con­sid­er­able amount more body mass than the Ice Maidens.

The Ice Maidens who, in Jan­uary, be­came the largest all-fe­male group to ski coast to coast across Antarc­tica

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