In this extraordinary adventure memoir and tie-in to the Discovery Channel documentary, Tim Jarvis, one of the world’s leading explorers, describes his modern-day journey, to retrace for the first time ever (and in period clothing and gear) the legendary 1914 expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
In early 1914, British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team sailed for Antarctica, attempting to be the first to reach the South Pole. Instead of glory, Shackleton and his crew found themselves in an epic struggle for survival: a three-year odyssey on the ice and oceans of the Antarctic that endures as one of the world’s most famous tales of adventure, endurance, and leadership ever recorded.
In the winter of 2013, celebrated explorer Tim Jarvis, a veteran of multiple polar expeditions, set out to recreate Sir Ernest Shackleton’s treacherous voyage over sea and mountain, outfitted solely with authentic equipment—clothing, boots, food, and tools—from Shackleton’s time, a feat that has never been successfully accomplished.
Shackleton’s Epic (American title ‘Chasing Shackleton’) is the remarkable record of Jarvis and his team’s epic journey. Beautifully designed and illustrated with dozens of photographs from the original voyage and its modern reenactment, it is a visual feast for readers and historians alike, and an essential new chapter in the story that has inspired adventurers across every continent for a century.
Published by : Harper Collins, 2013
(ISBN 978-0-00-754952-8 )
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Chasing Shackleton: Re-Creating the World’s Greatest Journey of Survival (USA title)
Jarvis, Tim (Author)
Jan 2014. 272 p. Morrow, hardcover, $35. (9780062282736). Morrow, e-book, (9780062282743).
Here’s a book whose subtitle employs “world’s greatest” accurately, speaking of Ernest Shackleton’s astonishing 1916 Antarctic rescue. Author-adventurer Jarvis has re-created in nearly every detail that harrowing trip (“in a replica James Caird using traditional navigation” and “period gear and equipment”) across the Southern Ocean from Elephant Island to South Georgia and up and down its mountainous terrain. Though others have tried this and failed, Jarvis, with help and patronage from Shackleton’s granddaughter Alexandra and a team of brave, seaworthy men, made it, and the expedition’s nuts and bolts (financial, emotional, and literal) are detailed here, accompanied by fascinating quotes from the accounts of members of Shackleton’s original journey. Nearly every page of this oversize book features a map, or an illustration, or a period or contemporary photo, from close-ups of gnarled hands stitching the replica sails and the boat-making process to the seagoing men sleeping, just barely, under reindeer-skin blankets. The PBS documentary tie-in will flesh out this thrilling tale, but the book itself is a treasure-trove of minutiae and derring-do for both explorers and those who will simply gaze in wonderment. — Eloise Kinney
Tim’s bestselling account of his polar expeditions to the North and South Poles and across the Arctic Island of Spitsbergen.
Published by : Random House, 2004
(ISBN 1 86325 434X)
Non-fiction book based on the award-winning international documentary film of the same name.
“Explorer Tim Jarvis sets out to retrace the great man’s footsteps using as close to Mawson’s original equipment as possible and with an ABC camera crew in tow. The photography is magnificent, the account both moving and unnerving. Chilling stuff.” – Daily Telegraph
Published by: Melbourne University Publishing, 2008
Two chapters of the Open University BSc coursebook on environmental science module ‘S175 Understanding the Frozen Planet’
Published by : Open University
Tim contributed to a new book about the South Pole, by Kari Herbert (daughter of the late polar explorer Sir Wally Herbert) and Huw Lewis. The book is essentially a ‘biography’ of the South Pole that aims to bring the story of the allure of Antarctica right up to the present day. It involved interviews with a number of leading scientists, adventurers and artists about what it was/is that inspires them to visit such places.
Published by: Polarworld
A re-release by Woodslane Forward to re-released polar book This Accursed Land by Lennard Bickel. Original forward by Sir Edmund Hillary
Published by : Woodslane, 2010