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Shackleton's Epic

Shackleton's Epic

$49.95 GST

In 1916, a desperate Ernest Shackleton sailed across 1300 kms of hostile ocean in a tiny, leaking boat, then trekked across unmapped ice and snow to reach a rescue station. In 2012, British-Australian explorer Tim Jarvis set off to recreate Shackleton’s Epic It’s been called the greatest survival story of all time. In 1916, Ernest Shackleton’s ship the Endurance was trapped in pack ice, his supplies running were out, his men were exhausted, cold and desperate. Shackleton faced a horrible quandary: should he and the crew stay on a tiny inhospitable stretch of Antarctic island with the winter setting in or make what was almost certainly a doomed journey, sailing in a lifeboat across miles of the world’s wildest ocean and then trekking over unmapped glaciers to reach help? Showing astonishing courage Shackleton and a small band of men set off in their boat. They faced monstrous seas, icebergs, storms and vile seasickness. Even more astonishingly, they survived. In 2013, explorer Tim Jarvis and a crew of five, set out to replicate Shackleton’s journey, using the same equipment, eating the same unpalatable food, facing the same hostile ocean and desolate conditions. Here for the first time is the whole story of that trip, the wretched lows and the occasional highs, the gruelling mental and physical toughness it takes to test yourself in one of the last wildernesses on Earth. Moving between the past and the present, and combining a thrilling survival story with over 200 beautiful contemporary and historical photographs, this is a must-read book for all Shackleton fans and lovers of epic adventure.

1 review for Shackleton’s Epic

  1. Graeme Dennett

    Shackleton’s story is one of the endurance epics of all time. Tim Jarvis’s re-enactment of the sailing journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia and the subsequent crossing of South Georgia mountains and glaciers, all of this in clothing of the period, highlights what an amazingly epic achievement it was. Jarvis’s book tells of the planning of the re-enactment from the initial idea through construction of the James Caird replica whaleboat, getting sponsorship, choosing a suitable team of sailors and climbers, and then goes on to tell in graphic detail the trials and tribulations of the journey. This book captures the hardships of Jarvis’s voyage warts and all and one comes away with great admiration for this man as a leader and expeditioner, but one also ends up with even greater admiration for Ernest Shackleton and his team’s achievement in 1915. A gripping story well told.

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