SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
FULL DETAILS IN THE OCT 2010 JCS NEWSLETTER
Tim Jarvis and his team-mate, Australian sailor Don McIntyre, are now in the midst of preparation and fundraising for the Shackleton Epic expedition, a retracing of Sir Ernest and his brave colleagues' lifesaving dash from Elephant Island to South Georgia and arduous crossing of the mountains - some 40 miles of perilous climbing and trekking - to find help for the marooned Endurance crew.
The reenactment is now scheduled to take place between March and May 2012.
At a gathering in London in September 2010 Tim outlined some of the extreme hazards for Antarctic explorers of Shackleton's era, as experienced by Tim himself on his own previous expedition following in Douglas Mawson's footsteps. These included:
Having to pull all your equipment, rations and shelter on a man-hauled sledge; chafing and frostbite accentuated by old Burberry clothes and leather boots; loosening and loss of teeth fillings. When sleeping in authentic reindeer skin bags, one's body heat melted the snow underneath, causing the bags to become sodden. It then froze during the day and became sodden again at night after a long day's journey.
Food was at a minimum, consisting of a starvation ration of pemmican (dried reindeer meat and lard), 5 boiled sweets, some meat 'jerky' (dried long slices) and a tea bag reused morning and night. A good way to lose several stone!
Don will captain the replica James Caird, which is to be named the Alexandra Shackleton, in honour of Shackleton's granddaughter, the President of the James Caird Society. He and his number 2, Dave Pryce, were both on the authentic and successful reenactment of the journey of Captain Bligh, following the Mutiny on the Bounty.