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Shackleton's Epic: Recreating the World's Greatest Journey of Survival Hardcover – 21 Nov 2013

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins (21 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007549520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007549528
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 2.8 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Tim Jarvis is a seasoned polar explorer and this is his own account of his successful bid to recreate part of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 'Endurance' expedition of 100 years ago. Shackleton performed miracles after his attempt to be the first to cross the Antarctic continent floundered when his ship was caught and crushed in the ice. With his crew, he then spent months on ice flows before sailing 346 miles in the ship's 3 lifeboats to Elephant Island. Leaving 22 men there, he with five others sailed the 800 miles to South Georgia and then with two others trekked across the mountainous island to a whaling station, from which he eventually rescued all his crew.

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?
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Awesome book about the retracing of Shackleton's epic journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia and then scaling the mountains of the island in order to get help for his crew of Endurance. A 6 man team built a replica boat and did an amazing exped to relive the adventure. Fab book. Must read for Antarctic buffs.
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to talk to Sir Ernest Shackleton about the Endurance expedition? Meet Tim Jarvis.

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.

Margot Morrell
Shackleton's Way - Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer
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I think it is really the story of extraordinary men and extraordinary achievements, and my deepest respect to everyone who made possible the new crossing of the South Ocean in 2013. Thank you for your devotion.
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A superbly written and detailed account of this epic recreation of Shackletons survival journey and subsequent rescue of his crew stranded on Elephant Island . Tim Jarvis's book highlights not only the immense difficulties faced by Shackleton and his men at the time but also the incredible logistical challenges that had to be overcome to recreate the journey now. Un-put-downable!
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