Shackleton Epic Team Arrives in Stromness
By David Rutter
The expedition that set out to recreate Shackleton’s epic journey has successfully completed their 19 day journey by arriving in Stromness on the island of South Georgia.
The journey was undertaken by team members wearing clothing of the same material and design of that worn by Shackleton and his team in 1916. The team attempted to follow the route Shackleton undertook from Anarctica to South Georgia Island to rescue the rest of his team stranded in Antarctica.
There were two parts to the journey; the first was an 800 nautical mile sea voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia Island, and the second a trek across the island to the old whaling station at Stromness.
The sea voyage was undertaken by Tim Jarvis, Barry Gray, Paul Larsen, Nick Bubb, Seb Coulthard and Ed Wardle, in a replica of the original boat named Alexandra Shackleton. On the sea the crew had to weather eight metre swells, 50 knot gales, as well as the freezing temperatures typical of Antarctic waters.
After reaching South Georgia Island the team waited for improved weather before trekking across the island while the remainder of the crew made their way to Stromness by boat. During the trek the team got a good idea of what Shackleton and his companions endured, experiencing blizzards, and falling into crevasses over twenty times.
During the course of the journey Tim Jarvis raised funds for Fauna and Flora International.