Chasing Shackleton

Chasing Shackleton

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Can six people endure Sir Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic rescue mission today? Using a replica boat, and the same equipment and clothing as would have been used in 1914, explorer Tim Jarvis and his crew attempt to follow in Shackleton's wake, going beyond the point of no return, using their firsthand extreme experience measured against historical accounts to unlock the secrets of Shackleton's survival.
ISBN: 9781608830350
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (180 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Nov 20, 2017

Rollicking adventure tale as a slightly obsessive Shackleton fan invests four years into re-creating Shackleton's amazing 1916 voyage--building a 22' foot sailboat replica--across the Antarctic seas and then across whiteout conditions to get to Stromness, a desolate but populated whaling station. They do have a modern monitor boat, Australis, that intercedes only once. The crew shows how people bond, bicker, and somehow manage to pull it together to make a main goal. You will marvel over how Shackleton did it under such primitive, exhausting, and dangerous conditions; the re-created food especially is panned by the modern crew. They have to keep the hatch open to allow cooking gases to escape, which introduces water into the boat as they encounter gale force winds and waves. Two of the men have to drop out due to frostbite, one sobbing in quiet frustration, while an expert sailor saves the mountain expedition by deciding to try his skills on land and assisting the last two on their crevasse-littered trek. Nice succinct explanations of sailing terms for non-sailors and why they take the route that they do, using old tools like a sextant and simple brass pump. Nitpick: this probably could have been condensed slightly, but it's worth the time on a cold winter's night.

Dec 27, 2014

A great documentary!!! You won't find many more absorbing than "Chasing Shackleton". A book by the same name was made by artic explorer Tim Jarvis. Since 1914 no one had tried to duplicate the sailing of Sir Ernest Shackleton Antarctic rescue mission. Although he and his men seemed destined to die, their leader never wavered in his belief that he could return with his entire crew. Now Tim Jarvis and his crew will try under the same conditions to duplicate Shackleton sea and land trip.
Amazing footage of the Antarctic Ocean and the small island from which they found refuge.

Apr 28, 2014

Sadly not that exciting or interesting. Unlikeable cast/crew. Not much happens and they cheat with modern technology quite a few times.


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