“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 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…
Tim and his team were the first ever to successfully complete Shackleton’s ‘double’. They journeyed under the patronage of The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, granddaughter and closest living relative of Sir Ernest. Dubbed “The Shackleton Epic”, the expedition set sail from Elephant Island in a replica of the James Caird and will used only 1916 technology, food and equipment. A documentary is being made about the expedition.
The construction of a replica James Caird began in June 2008 and discussions are underway with NZ, UK, Australian and Irish broadcasters.
Shackleton’s legendary appeal for volunteers offering fame in the event of success but with the caveat that safe return was doubtful, will likely be re-launched in the national media, involving the public in the expedition as well as appealing to viewers.
Visit www.shackletonepic.com for more on this epic adventure!