We are training to ski 1,230 km from West Antarctica to the South Pole in November 2023. This journey will be unassisted and unsupported, pulling 85+ kg pulks (supply sleds) in temperatures as low as -50c with possible wind speeds of over 60 mph in approximately 50 days. That’s around 25 km every day!

Conquering this route using mind and muscle power alone will be a World’s First, as this route has never been achieved before.


We believe that everyone should be given every opportunity in life to achieve their ambitions. Historically women and girls have been stereotyped into certain roles and therefore unaware of their own capabilities outside of these boundaries.

We intend on challenging that concept and showing what women are capable of.

“You can’t be what you can’t see”

When we were growing up we didn’t see any representation of female firefighters or female adventurers, and we therefore didn’t really know these options were available to us. We intend on being visible role models to women and girls, as you can’t be what you can’t see!

The team


We are firefighters from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) and Mid & West Wales Fire Service (MAWWFS).

As a female duo: Georgina Gilbert and Rebecca Openshaw-Rowe – we’re going on an expedition to challenge gender stereotypes and show what women are capable of!

We will be sharing with you why this expedition matters so much to us all.


If the expedition does not go ahead, any funds raised would go to the Charity. We appreciate your support and are so thankful for your donation. Your help will enable us to make our vision a reality and assist people in emergency services that are living with trauma and injury.

Once the funds for the expedition have been reached, further funds raised will go to our nominated charity.


We can’t do this without you. Be part of our journey. 

The Fire Fighters Charity provides confidential, personalised support to the entire fire services community. They deliver mental health, physical health and social wellbeing services at their centres, remotely, online and in communities around the UK. Championing the health and wellbeing of all those they support, with the aim to ensure their beneficiaries can live well, for life. The charity supports all fire and rescue service personnel, whatever their role.

sponsors & Funding


Survitec are pioneers of survival technology, providing trustworthy solutions that reduce risk and help protect lives.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions.

UK Fire Training

Working to keep UK business premises and employees safe from the threat of fire. UK Fire Group prides itself on being ‘The Voice of Fire Safety’.

Fire Brigade's Union

A Trade Union proud to represent wholetime and retained firefighters, and emergency control room staff


V2X transforms operations and sustainment for government and commercial clients worldwide.

Fourth Element

Designers of high quality clothing with a simple diving oriented style based around the principles of performance, innovation and function.


Driven by exploration and innovation, Shackleton exists to inspire, prepare and equip people for expeditions.

Infiniti Healthcare

An award winning health clinic based in Cardiff providing specialist healthcare for women


Rugged technology built to survive the elements, delivering world class user experiences in demanding conditions.

Hello Nature

Specialists in survival training with a particular focus on training expeditions in polar climates.

IG Fire Safety

The fire & safety experts; Consultants operating in construction, fire, training and safety industries.

Cardiff Met University

Cardiff Met delivers professionally recognised degrees, together with impactful research & innovation.


Notpla are on a mission to make packaging disappear by creating packaging solutions made from seaweed and plants. Winners of the Earthshot Prize.

Carbon Design and Architecture

Carbon Design and Architecture is comitted to community focused design.

International Fire & Safety Journal

Media Partners. IFSJ is a trusted global media platform for the fire and safety industry.

UWE Bristol

The University of the West of England are focused outstanding learining, world-leading research and a culture of enterprise.

The Worshipful Company of Firefighters

Dedicated to the science, art and practice of firefighting, fire prevention and life safety.


Women in the Fire Service – “Enabling and inspiring confident, successful women to build a more progressive Fire and Rescue Service.”

Weston Biltong

UK based, family run award winning producer of Biltong with an ethical conscience Use code FIREANGELS for 10% off products!

Serve On

Highly trained experts in the International Response Team (IRT) available 24/7 to respond to disasters anywhere in the world.


Established in 1994, Pax specialise in quality bags and interpret their position as a responsible role model for quality products.


A specialist and provider of alarms including ‘FireBlitz’ protecting families and businesses from fire, smoke and carbon monoxide.

Radio Coms

The UK’s leading independent communications supplier specialising in design, commissioning, deployment and maintenence.


Set up in 2016 to facilitate military engagement and to provide the opportunity to educate the industry in a challenge lead approach.

Ruddy Nice

Website Sponsors. Ruddy Nice have expertise in military training and simulation, defense, exhibitions and events.


A UK based company offering personalised KitTags. Prominent supporters of the Emergency Services and Armed Forces.

The Goodwash Company

A Welsh brand with a humble social sonscience, who focus on quality products with the community in mind.

Effective Command

Created to address the disconnect between academic research and its application within the Fire Service.

Women's Business Club

Empowering women to succeed in business through tailor-made events, products & services

Elisabeth Sews

Elisabeth is a unique designer of handmade keepsake bears created from fabric that is significant to her clients.

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