7 February 2013: The moment of truth for the Shackleton Epic expedition is only hours away. After surviving the 800 nautical mile crossing of the Southern Ocean in the 22.5’ lifeboat, Alexandra Shackleton, now the three fittest crew members will attempt to climb South Georgia’s mountainous, crevassed interior to reach the old whaling station at Stromness, just as Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men did almost 100 years ago.
South Georgia’s unrelenting foggy, wet and freezing weather looks like giving the crew a break tomorrow – a short window in which to start the final leg of their history-making journey over the mountains in less than 24 hours from now (midnight on Thursday 07 February GMT/UTC/ 11.00hrs Friday 08 February AEDT). It took Shackleton and his men 36 hours to make the journey into unknown territory. The Shackleton Epic team believes they will cross in a faster time – possibly within a day.
British/Australian expedition leader Tim Jarvis is currently grappling with the decision of who is fit enough to join him on the trek – the same decision Shackleton himself had to make.
“Royal Marines mountaineer Baz Gray will be on the trek, however, our intrepid cameraman and mountaineering veteran Ed Wardle who has climbed Everest twice, may be in doubt due to a case of trench foot,” Jarvis said. read more