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SHACKLETON EPIC EXPEDITION NOW RESCHEDULED TO SET OUT IN 2013
In 1916, legendary polar explorer Ernest Shackleton and 5 companions completed an incredible journey sailing a small rowing boat, the James Caird, across 800 miles of the roughest ocean in the world from Elephant Island, off the Antarctic Peninsula, to mountainous South Georgia Island. On reaching South Georgia, Shackleton and 2 men then scaled the island's precipitous peaks with virtually no equipment to reach a remote whaling station.
Shackleton's original goal had been to be the first to cross Antarctica. With the sinking of his ship the Endurance in the pack ice, it instead became a journey of survival, both for the 6 men in the James Caird and for the 22 men left behind on Elephant Island, whose rescue depended on their success...
To this day, no-one has successfully completed Shackleton's 'double' - the boat journey and the mountain crossing of South Georgia.
In 2013, Tim Jarvis will head up a team that will attempt the journey under the patronage of The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, granddaughter and closest direct descendant of Sir Ernest.
Dubbed "The Shackleton Epic", the expedition will set sail from Elephant Island in the Alexandra Shackleton, a replica of the James Caird and will use only 1916 technology, food and equipment.
"The expedition is in honour of Shackleton's legacy," Tim explains. "It demonstrates how a group of people from different nations are able to put their differences aside to work towards the achievement of a goal against seemingly insurmountable odds, a message that resonates powerfully in our modern world."
"Shackleton's leadership style is central to curricula at many business schools, with his management lessons remaining highly relevant today. Whether it be looking at environmental issues such as climate change, or the state of disarray in the credit markets, Shackleton's message of individuals putting differences aside and working to their strengths to collectively overcome problems, regardless of their scale, has real resonance."
By way of demonstrating Shackleton's ongoing popularity, Shackleton's Way by Margot Morrell has become a seminal management reference book, selling more than 300,000 copies worldwide.
As an environmental scientist and motivational speaker, Tim Jarvis draws on Shackleton's leadership in many of his presentations, and this journey will enable Tim to bring this to life for corporate audiences.
The expedition will furthermore start from Elephant Island, off the Antarctic peninsula, adjacent to where much of Antarctica's ice cap melt has occurred, several hundred kilometres from the infamous Larsen B Ice Shelf.
In his capacity as an environmental scientist, Tim Jarvis aims to document visually the status of Antarctic ice as part of ongoing interest in the field.