SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
RECREATION OF THE NIMROD EXPEDITION SOUTHWARD PARTY
It includes an outline of the purposes of the Shackleton Foundation, inspired by the idea that 'any truly determined individual can make something remarkable happen, and inspire others to do the same.'
You can listen to the wax cylinder recording of Shackleton speaking, enumerating his key men of the 1907-9 expedition, find out about the South Polar Times, read a summary of the Nimrod expedition, the ascent of the Beardmore Glacier and the failed attempt on the Pole (which this centenary party plans to rectify), read of a rare, splendidly illustrated book about The Endurance and the James Caird_, learn about an ancient lake that lies hidden more than two miles beneath the frozen surface of Antarctica, look up the account by Max Worsley (aged 13) of his father's preparations to follow in Shackleton's footsteps.
Fascinatingly, the party will approach the Ross Sea and Ross Island not by ship from Lyttelton, New Zealand, but by plane from Punta Arenas, Chile. The site also reveals that they will begin their ordeal by climbing Mt. Erebus, repeating Shackleton's first ever climb in 1907.
Travelling unguided on skis, we will cross the Ross Ice Shelf, individually hauling our expedition supplies in sledges. We will then ascend the seldom-crossed Beardmore Glacier, en route collecting blue ice samples for scientific analysis back in the UK. Then it's on to the Polar plateau, 400 miles towards the Pole itself.
Donations are welcome to the Shackleton Centneary's immensely deserving appeal.