Shackleton's Epic: Recreating the World's Greatest Journey of Survival Hardcover – 21 Nov 2013
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‘Though the circumstances of Shackleton's journey were unrepeatable, Mr Jarvis's tribute expedition has had a danger and heroism that are worthy of the original’ Guardian
About the Author
Author, explorer and scientist, Tim Jarvis has made five expeditions to Antarctica and the high Arctic. His recreation of Sir Douglas Mawson’s 1913 trek across Antarctica was made into an award winning documentary: Mawson: Life and Death in Antarctica. When he’s not struggling through snow and ice and near-death experiences, Tim lives in Adelaide, Australia with his wife, Elizabeth, and their young family.
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Sponsored by Alexandra Shackleton, Sir Ernest's great grand-daughter, Tim Jarvis aimed to recreate the sea journey to South Georgia and the subsequent land crossing. Having read Shackleton's account of the original expedition, and now Tim Jarvis's account of the replication, I have to conclude that the entire re-creation was a triumph of organisation and achievement. One has to admire Tim and his colleagues for their sheer ability and spirit of adventure. Clearly it was an impossible task to replicate the original exactly - modern insurance requirements, the need to secure a film record and the fact that global warming etc. has changed the Antarctic environment over the past 100 years, are just three of many factors which make that impossible. But Tim Jarvis is quite open about that. What I found particularly fascinating was the way in both expeditions, the psychology of intrapersonal relationships between expedition members played a crucial part in the success or otherwise of the ventures.
Shackleton himself (with a little help) wrote a brilliant account of his expedition. ('South'). Was Tim Jarvis's as good?Read more ›
Tim didn't recreate Shackleton's entire Endurance expedition. Just the hardest parts - the 800-mile boat journey and crossing of South Georgia. Until Tim and his worthy team accomplished the "double" in early 2013, only Shackleton accompanied by Frank Worsley and Tom Crean, had managed to pull off this amazing feat.
Here's the back story. In 2007, Alexandra Shackleton approached Tim Jarvis about recreating her grandfather's "double." Since Shackleton's 1916 accomplishment, many people had crossed South Georgia but only a handful of attempts had been made at recreating his almost-impossible boat journey.
In 1997, an Irish team was forced to scuttle their boat after capsizing three times. In 2000, a German crew had to be towed part of the way. Trevor Potts' valiant attempt in 1993-94 with a three-man crew came closest to success. Ironically where, Shackleton refused to take the risk of being pushed past South Georgia and opted to land on the uninhabited Antarctic-facing shore, Potts was driven by the raging seas to the supposedly friendlier eastern shore. Potts and his team attempted a reverse crossing of the island - from Stromness to King Haakon Bay - but were forestalled by the treacherous terrain and a shortage of food.
I've had the pleasure of hearing Tim tell the story of the Shackleton Epic a number of times and am well aware that Tim's challenges were almost as great as Sir Ernest's. This is a story that never gets old. It's a story of man pushed to the limits. It's a story of remarkable teamwork. It's a story of doing the impossible.
My heartiest congratulations to Tim on a magnificent achievement and a wonderful book.
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Excellent book and well written. As I am about to join a Shackleton Centenary voyage I was particularly interested.Published on 12 Sept. 2014 by Gillian Pattinson
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