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Welsh soldier part of first all-female team to cross Antarctica unpowered

The team became the first all-female group to cross Antarctica unpowered Credit: British Army

Major Natalie Taylor from Chepstow is part of the first all-female group to cross Antarctica using only muscle power.

The British Army's Ice Maiden Expedition spent 62 days on the ice, skiing 1700km.

During that time they travelled up to 43km a day, navigating crevasse fields whilst pulling sledges weighing up to 80kg and battling temperatures as low as minus 40c.

I have spent the last few days trying to imprint this beautiful landscape in my mind. We have called it home for close to two months now and I will, in a strange way, miss it a lot"

– Major Natalie Taylor, Royal Army Medical Corps

The Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has congratulated the group for their 'heroic' and 'trailblazing' achievements.