SHACKLETON EPIC EXPEDITION DEPARTS ON FINAL LEG OF JOURNEY

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LtoR Barry Gray, Ed Wardle and Tim Jarvis in a cave on King Haakon Bay, South Georgia awaiting the start of the final leg of the Shackleton Epic expedition. Image Jo Stewart Shackleton Epic

07 February 2013 GMT/08 February 2013 AEDT:  Mountains and glacier crossing expected to take 24-30 hours.

The final leg of the Shackleton Epic expedition, the crossing of South Georgia’s mountainous, crevassed interior is underway. At 2200hrs GMT (07 Feb)/0900hrs AEDT (08 Feb) in wet, overcast conditions with winds howling at 30knots from the south west, expedition leader Tim Jarvis and mountaineer Barry Gray set out wearing their traditional clothing, and carrying only food, a length of rope and a carpenter’s adze to re-enact Shackleton’s crossing of nearly 100 years before – www.shackletonepic.com

They will be followed by two other crew members acting as support for the crossing, navigator Paul Larsen and bosun Seb Coulthard who will be wearing modern climbing gear and carrying the mandatory emergency supplies. They will also be accompanied by a film crew to record the climb, with the party hoping to reach the old whaling station at Stromness within 24 – 30 hours (Shackleton’s time was 36 hours crossing uncharted territory). “We’re very excited and honoured to make this crossing in Shackleton’s name…it is the culmination of everything we’ve worked towards during the expedition,” Tim Jarvis said.

“Being such a tight knit team, it is a disappointment for us all that Ed Wardle and Nick Bubb are not in a position to attempt the crossing due to medical reasons. They have been outstanding during the expedition to get us this far, and the decision was not made lightly. After consultation with both Ed and Nick, and medical experts, we had to make the tough decision to pull them out due to the condition of their feet after the gruelling ocean crossing. read more

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