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Old 03-29-2019, 05:57 PM   #1
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The Earnest Shackleton Expedition

How did I miss this amazing story of survival? The Earnest Shackleton expedition to navigate the South Pole in the early 1900's. Their ship was crushed by the ice due to early cold temps and what followed was incredible. And they had a photographer on board to capture tons of film. Its about 25 minutes long but well worth the time.

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It is an amazing story! If it wasn't true it would be unbelievable.
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I studied "Mr. Earnest" in my MBA program (leadership course). When he went back to Antarctica, many of the original crew accompanied him. One of a kind for all ages.
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A truly incredible story, glad you discovered it.
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A few years ago I read a rather dark historical fiction book about Charles Dickens and a young affair partner. He met her during the production of The Frozen Deep, a play about the Shackleton expedition. I was continually Googling truth vs. fiction while reading that book....about Shackleton, his wife, the search for him (as well as Dickens' life)

Truly unbelievable.
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And they didn't lose a single man.
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Old 03-29-2019, 11:27 PM   #7
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There was a great exhibit on this at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA last year. Very interesting.
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Old 03-29-2019, 11:52 PM   #8
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I recommend the book "Endurance" about Shackleton's amazing expedition. I read that and "Into Thin Air" (about a tragic Everest expedition) back-to-back a few years ago, and felt like a total wimp for complaining about winter weather in the mid-Atlantic coast. But two of the best, and most engrossing, nonfiction books I've ever read.
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I recommend the book "Endurance" about Shackleton's amazing expedition. I read that and "Into Thin Air" (about a tragic Everest expedition) back-to-back a few years ago, and felt like a total wimp for complaining about winter weather in the mid-Atlantic coast. But two of the best, and most engrossing, nonfiction books I've ever read.


I agree. Two of my favorites.
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I agree. Two of my favorites.
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Thanks so much for posting this—I sent it to my friend whose two little guys are crazy about Shackleton but had not seen this video, so I got major thanks from them!
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In this vein of thought, I recommend reading about:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_voyage_of_the_Karluk

There is a book written by one of the fellows on the actual expedition
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5036428-karluk
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Another fascinating story about a graduate of my school... some years before Shackleton's adventures.

Admiral Peary 1856-1920 First man to reach the North Pole.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Peary

Many museums and individual histories. Here's one from the school:

Polar Pathways: Peary's Arctic Expeditions

It was big part of our lives what with the museum on campus.
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If you ever get to Scotland...

I was in Edinburgh last year and had selected Dunblane as a day trip but in one of those delightful examples of the joys of independent travel, I noticed the city listed after Dunblane in the guidebook- Dundee. The ship Discovery is there, nicely-refurbished, along with a very good museum. (Discovery was built in Dundee.) It was an easy train ride from Edinburgh. I'd read a history of Antarctic exploration and changed my plans immediately.

I highly recommend it- you pretty much have the run of the ship after you exit the museum; Shackleton's and Scott's staterooms are still intact, with name plates. Wow. Bonus: a branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum opened up that day within walking distance. Lines were long so I didn't try and see that, too.

And, in an example of changing times, I went to Paris a couple of days later and opened a French magazine that had an ad for luxury cruises to Antarctica with the Ponant line. The illustration showed a nicely-dressed couple enjoying a gourmet meal with views of ice from all the windows. The woman was wearing a sleeveless dress. What a contrast from the early exploration, when Shackleton and some crew went on a 95-day sledge expedition without changing clothes.

I had to look up the cost, of course. 10,000 Euros per person, double occupancy excluding airfare to/from Argentina.
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I recommend the book "Endurance" about Shackleton's amazing expedition. I read that and "Into Thin Air" (about a tragic Everest expedition)
About 20 years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Beck Weathers, one of the climbers on that fateful Everest expedition. The guy was left for dead on the mountain slope several times and his survival is a testament to incredible fortitude.
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You should also read about Robert Falcon Scotts Antarctic expedition as well (Captain Oates in particular)

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Men were made from something different, and harder, in those times.


I have met Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who is probably the closest we come in this day and age (search: "Fiennes & fret saw" to be suitably horrified)
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I was immersed in the various historical south polar explorations back in 2002 when I visited Antarctica. I read books, watched documentaries, attended lectures. Fascinating stuff.
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Great video, thanks!

I'm going to read Endurance again, and I'm currently reading The Worst Journey in the World because my next book will take place in Antarctica (a maguffin is hidden there).

I wanted to have dog teams, but no animals are allowed on the continent.

Google maps is almost unusable, because the map spins when you change zoom.

Here's a new, hi-res map.

This is the journey that will take place in my book (that's the Weddell sea at the top, where Endurance got stuck):



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Thanks for posting, cbo111. Had never head of this journey but now I'm going to look up the book. True fortitude and leadership.
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I'd just add that the details of the Lewis and Clark expedition are also quite incredible. A great book on that topic is Undaunted Courage.
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