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Update to the Shackleton Epic expedition
Shackleton Epic Update
Here at Intrepid, we love a big adventure. And it doesn’t get much bigger than the Shackleton Epic!
In January 2013, Tim Jarvis and his five crew members recreated Shackleton’s legendary voyage across 800 nautical miles of the treacherous Southern Ocean to South Georgia aboard the Alexandra Shackleton, an exact replica of Shackleton’s 22.5’ (6.9m) whaler, the James Caird. From
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As an official sponsor, we were thrilled to be able to be part of an expedition that brought together the spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to protecting and preserving our natural environment. Environmentalist and explorer Tim Jarvis AM undertook the expedition not just to honour one of the greatest leadership and survival stories of all time, but also to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change, an issue we take very seriously at Intrepid.
The expedition may be over, but the stories of this epic tale will continue to be told!
Expedition Leader Tim Jarvis' book on the expedition will be published by Harper Collins and is due for release in Australia early October – with USA and UK to follow. The three part documentary television series will air later this year through broadcast partners SBS (Australia); Discovery Channel (Europe) and PBS (USA).
The Shackleton Epic Leadership Round Table, which involved 28 of Australia’s most dynamic business leaders, was held in April in Sydney; extending the learning from the book Shackleton's Way by Margot Morrell combined with Tim Jarvis’ personal experience in retracing Sir Ernest Shackleton’s legendary 1916 voyage of survival and crossing of South Georgia’s mountainous interior.
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The story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s plight aboard the Endurance, and the subsequent plight to rescue his men, has become a legend of survival, hope and leadership.
Shackleton’s journey was inspirational to say the least; launching the James Caird lifeboat from the desolate shore of Elephant Island, sailing across 800 nautical miles of the roughest seas on Earth, to land on South Georgia – a nautical needle in a haystack, and finally embarking on a three day trek through an unchartered mountain range.
Until 2013, nobody had successfully replicated Shackleton’s ‘double’. But modern day adventurer Tim Jarvis was well-and-truly up for the challenge - and managed to authentically re-enactment the journey, using only traditional gear - replica clothing, 1915 navigational technology and expedition rations, and without outside assistance.
In their replica lifeboat, and in eerily similar conditions to those experienced 100 years ago - the Alexandra Shackleton set sail from Elephant Island on January 24th 2013, braving giant swells, bitter cold and cramped conditions en route to the remote island of South Georgia. Upon arrival, the crew were faced with another dilemma that mirrored Shackleton's plight. With several members suffering from a range of potentially serious health conditions, Tim Jarvis made the decision to proceed with only three of the original crew. Undeterred, they clamboured across freezing terrain and weathered vicious storms to emerge victorious, walking into Stromness Whaling Station on the 11th of February.
Throughout the duration of this expedition, the crew and their conservation partner Fauna & Flora International, raised awareness of the fragility of the environment, focusing in particular on the vulnerable ecosystems and species that exist in Antarctica and rely on the stability of its climate. The funds raised through the expedition will go towards supporting the charity's vital work in protecting these habitats through sustainable solutions.
An Epic Adventure
The Endurance Expedition
The story of Shackleton and the plight of his Endurance crew is one of history's greatest tales of survival. In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton, embarked on the most ambitious polar expedition of all time.
Tim's love of adventure and passion for the environment has seen him kayak to the arid centre of Australia, live on the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific, and recreate Mawson's 1913 journey to the Antarctic. Now, he is embarking on his most daring expedition yet - to recreate Ernest Shackleton's famous 1916 journey to Antarctica, using only the technology, food and equipment that was available to Shackleton at the time.