There may not be much powder skiing in Antarctica. Nonetheless a team of eight women from Commonwealth countries set off on skis toward the South Pole yesterday. Hailing from Cyprus, Ghana, Singapore, India, Brunei, New Zealand, Britain, and Jamaica, they are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Commonwealth with the aim of spreading the good word of cultural exchange and the power of women. They expect the 500-plus-mile journey across Antarctica to take about 40 days, depending on blizzards and such.
"I don't think I could put in words how empty it all seems," reported Stephanie Solomonides, an expedition member reporting after day one. To follow their progress, check out their podcasts and updates on the Kaspersky Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition's website.