“The expedition is in honour of Shackleton’s legacy. It demonstrates how a group of people from different nations are able to put their differences aside to work towards the achievement of a goal against seemingly insurmountable odds, a message that resonates powerfully in our modern world.”
In 2013 Tim Jarvis and his team were the first ever to successfully complete Shackleton’s ‘double’. The Shackleton Epic expedition sailed a replica James Caird life boat 1500 kilometers across the Southern Ocean from Elephant Island, Antarctica, to South Georgia before climbing over its mountainous interior using 1916 equipment, clothing, and technology as Shackleton. Regarded by many as the greatest survival journey of all time, this is the first time since Shackleton that anybody has been able to authentically recreate it. They journeyed under the patronage of The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, granddaughter and closest living relative of Sir Ernest.
In 1916, legendary polar explorer Ernest Shackleton and 5 companions completed an incredible journey sailing a small rowing boat, the James Caird across 800 miles of the roughest ocean in the world from Elephant island, Antarctica to mountainous South Georgia Island.
On reaching South Georgia, Shackleton and 2 men then scaled the island’s precipitous peaks with virtually no equipment to reach a remote whaling station. Shackleton’s original goal had been to be the first to cross Antarctica. With the sinking of his ship the Endurance in the pack ice, it instead became a journey of survival, both for the 6 men in the James Caird and the 22 men left behind on Elephant Island, whose rescue depended on their success…
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