Shackleton Epic Expedition

In 2013, at the request of the Shackleton family, Tim led the first authentic retracing of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s “double” – sailing a replica James Caird boat 1500kms across the Southern Ocean from Elephant Island, Antarctica to South Georgia, and climbing over South Georgia’s mountainous interior, using the same rudimentary equipment, period clothing and technology as Shackleton nearly 100 years before.

Shackleton’s “double” is regarded by many as the greatest survival journey of all time, and the Shackleton Epic Expedition is the first authentic recreation of his extraordinary achievement. A Discovery Channel/PBS documentary film was made about the journey, and Tim’s best-selling book,  Shackleton’s Epic – Recreating the World’s Greatest Journey of Survival (HarperCollins), gives his personal account of the planning and execution of the expedition. For more information on Tim’s book and the documentary, visit the Shop page.

To see footage of the Shackleton Epic Expedition, click on the videos below:-

Tim’s current project, 25zero, uses melting tropical glaciers as a means to raise awareness of climate change and inspire people to want to act. Using melting glaciers to “show” climate change was inspired by the retreat of the Konig Glacier on South Georgia, Antarctica during his Shackleton re-enactment. More than 90% of the glaciers on South Georgia are in retreat due to climate change and the impact is even greater in the tropics.