Wild Weather Brings Halt to South Georgia Mountain Crossing on Final Leg of Shackleton Epic Expedition
Saturday 09 February 2013 GMT/AEDT: In one of the most dramatic days of the Shackleton Epic expedition so far, two men are stranded on the plateau above Shackleton’s Gap, while four other members of the expedition crew and film crew have evacuated themselves from the mountain to escape the extreme weather conditions.
While their goal of re-enacting one of the greatest survival tales of all time lies just over the other side of the mountains, reaching the old whaling station at Stromness, South Georgia just as Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men did in 1916, the extreme conditions have put a halt to their plans – at least for the time being until the weather breaks.
For British/Australian expedition leader Tim Jarvis and mountaineer Barry ‘Baz’ Gray, Mother Nature has unleashed her full fury and stranded them on the plateau above the glacier at Shackleton’s Gap. Wearing only the traditional gear of early last century, for over 12 hours they have ‘hunkered down’ in a tent to ride out the ferocious storm which has seen wind gusts of 45knots that have knocked the expeditioners off their feet, ‘horizontal’ driving rain, sleet and snow, freezing temperatures and zero visibility. read more