Three Australian women, Sandra Floate, Michele Bloomcamp
and Noelene Weightman, are attempting the by-now classic
route from Patriot Hills to the South Pole,
without outside assistance.
The three forty - something mums - the Ice Maidens -
intend making this adventure the trip of a lifetime.
They are associated with the Melbourne Royal Women's
Hospital and take part in campaigns aimed at raising
funds for the research programmes that the
hospital has been conducting for 150 years.