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Britain's All-Women Team Walks 700 Miles of Antarctic Wastelands Into History Books

Aired January 24, 2000 - 2:20 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Britain's intrepid all-women team is on the way home after an incredible journey. The team of explorers made history and is likely now to celebrate by taking a long, hot bath.

Here's ITN's Tim Wilcox.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

TIM WILCOX, ITN REPORTER (voice-over): Two months to the day after setting off, Britain's intrepid all-women team this morning walked into the history books, 700 miles of back-breaking Antarctic wastelands and a new world record under their belts. Speaking to ITN by satellite phone, team leader Caroline Hamilton, who marched to the North Pole in 1997, talked about the moment they achieved the double.

CAROLINE HAMILTON, TEAM LEADER: It was absolutely fantastic to have got here. We got to within about two miles of the South Pole, and there's a base here -- an American base, which began to appear out of the mist like it was a James Bond station. As we got closer, quite a number of people came out to meet us, and we ran towards the poll, planted our Union Jack and our MNG Eisser (ph) flag, and then we sang the national anthem, much to the amusement, I think, of the Americans who were gathered around.

WILCOX: Today, as the team contemplated life without layers of plastic bags and thermal insulation, all thoughts were on hot water and food.

HAMILTON: It'll be the first shower for well over 60 days. No change of clothes for 60 days, a shower is exactly what we need.

WILCOX (on camera): What have you missed most?

HAMILTON: I think I've missed mashed potato most.

WILCOX (voice-over): Weather permitting, they should start their journey home by plane today.

Tim Wilcox, ITN.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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