Chasing Shackleton: Re-creating the World's Greatest Journey of Survival

Chasing Shackleton: Re-creating the World's Greatest Journey of Survival

by Tim Jarvis


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Chasing Shackleton: Re-creating the World's Greatest Journey of Survival by Tim Jarvis

In this extraordinary adventure memoir and tie-in to the PBS documentary, Tim Jarvis, one of the world's leading explorers, describes his modern-day journey to retrace, for the first time ever—and in period clothing and gear—the legendary 1914 expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

In early 1914, British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team sailed for Antarctica, attempting to be the first to reach the South Pole. Instead of glory, Shackleton and his crew found themselves in an epic struggle for survival: a three-year odyssey on the ice and oceans of the Antarctic that endures as one of the world’s most famous tales of adventure, endurance, and leadership ever recorded.

In the winter of 2013, celebrated explorer Tim Jarvis, a veteran of multiple polar expeditions, set out to recreate Sir Ernest Shackleton’s treacherous voyage over sea and mountain, outfitted solely with authentic equipment—clothing, boots, food, and tools—from Shackleton’s time, a feat that has never been successfully accomplished.

Shackleton's Epic is the remarkable record of Jarvis and his team’s epic journey. Beautifully designed and illustrated with dozens of photographs from the original voyage and its modern reenactment, it is a visual feast for readers and historians alike, and an essential new chapter in the story that has inspired adventurers across every continent for a century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062282736
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 947,285
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Explorer and environmental scientist Tim Jarvis has made four previous expeditions to Antarctica and the high Arctic. His re-creation of Sir Douglas Mawson’s 1913 trek across Antarctica was made into an award-winning documentary, Mawson: Life and Death in Antarctica. In 1999, Jarvis made the fastest unsupported trek to the South Pole, arriving in 47 days, and in 2001, he completed the first unsupported crossing of Australia’s Great Victoria Desert, covering 1,100 kilometers in less than a month. In 2009, he was selected for Yale University’s World Fellows program. A member of the Order of Australia, Jarvis lives in Adelaide, Australia, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their young family.

Table of Contents

Foreword Alexandra Shackleton vi

1 South 1

The Ice Age 22

2 Endurance 25

3 Wooden Boats 39

4 Iron Men 61

5 Proceed 83

6 The Great Gray Shroud 109

7 Tempest 129

8 Threading the Needle 149

9 Impatience Camp 175

Charting the Course 194

Third-Man Factor 197

Fall Line 217

Never the Lowered Banner 239

Saving Antarctica from Man 260

Acknowledgments 262

Picture Credits 264

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Chasing Shackleton: Re-creating the World's Greatest Journey of Survival 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TopHistoryFan More than 1 year ago
AMAZING AND AWE INSPIRING! This is not only an amazing historic story, but the re-expedition in modern days is fascinating and historic itself. To work so hard to replicate everything down to the historic facts to incredible skill and patience. We take for granted how easy we have things today with both advanced technology and equipment, but when something goes back in time - as this adventure did - the one really gains respect and awe for what our forefathers really accomplished. This is an amazing story and TV series. Not only a must read but a must watch. MORE THAN 5 star. 5 stars for content, 5 stars for bravery, 5 stars for entertainment and 5 stars for making history cool once again.
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