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    Default Shackleton re-enactment sets sail

    today if our press is right, they should be at sea now en route to Elephant Island. Tim Jarvis is reported as saying "She has no keel, she's not very big and she's not really very seaworthy".
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/pict...-survival.html
    Evidently they plan to land where Shackleton did and climb over the range to the whaling station at Stromness as he did.
    http://intheboatshed.net/2012/12/13/...t-mid-january/

    This is the view of Stromness that they'll get at the top of the pass, as did a close friend of my FIL some years ago.


    Other pics here of Stromness bay, the jetty and the graveyard where Shackleton was buried.
    http://intheboatshed.net/2008/12/03/...south-georgia/

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    Default Re: Shackleton re-enactment sets sail

    Survivor: Shackleton

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    Default Re: Shackleton re-enactment sets sail

    Well, I hope they have fun and stay safe and don't require an expensive rescue. But Shackleton made that trip for survival and rescue for his crew.

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    Not to worry, they are being delivered and escorted by the 75' steel motorsailer Australis.....which pretty much renders the entire escapade silly......

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    Yes, sorry, when the going gets tough, the tough get rescued?

    Sir Ernest wouldn't think that was quite on, I think.

    Btw, was just re-reading today the account of the doomed Scott Expedition. Lawrence Oates has to be one of my heroes, along with Shackleton himself. Gallant gentlemen indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TR View Post
    Not to worry, they are being delivered and escorted by the 75' steel motorsailer Australis.....which pretty much renders the entire escapade silly...
    Wonder who's putting up the cash. National Geographic?

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    Default Re: Shackleton re-enactment sets sail

    Is the weather more favorable in January than it is April, when the Endurance crew did it?
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    Yes, being Summer the southern gales are diminished. BTW Bonne Anniversaire.
    Quote Originally Posted by rbgarr View Post
    Is the weather more favorable in January than it is April, when the Endurance crew did it?
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    They arrived on South Georgia safely. Now for the island traverse.
    “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs."

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    Default Re: Shackleton re-enactment sets sail

    Could you count on a chase boat to rescue you if the weather were bad ? I guess it depends on what has happened that makes rescue necessary.

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    Default Re: Shackleton re-enactment sets sail

    The thing about the chase boat is this, IMO.

    When at sea, you must make hundreds of decisions. Some are critical. Most are not. However, with a chase boat, I know that I might decide to take more risk in any given situation--or perhaps less too, now that I think about it--so that the "how" of accomplishing the trip would be different with and without the chase boat.

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    Default Re: Shackleton re-enactment sets sail

    I think I once saw as story about a team using modern climbing gear attempted the land route, and couldn't match the time.

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    I think I once saw as story about a team using modern climbing gear attempted the land route, and couldn't match the time.
    That's what I was trying to say. Shackleton would have had to rush, to have a chance to make it alive. So you leap the crevasse, throw some caution to the wind, because you're dead and living on borrowed time already.

    But if you can radio for help, and your looking to cash your sponsorship checks, well, why take a risk. Completing it is enough.

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    Default Re: Shackleton re-enactment sets sail

    Psychologically it's not even comparable to what Shakleton did. Physically I guess it's in the ball park, but the Shackletonians had several desperate months on the ice floes before they even took off for Elephant Island, so they weren't exactly well fed, super-fit 21st century athletes like these guys. Certainly no daily radio check on the way across! Plus they cobbled together --or "Chippy"--cobbled together the raised freeboard and deck and rig on the beach, using stuff lying around, nails from other boats. That's a wrinkle they didn't exactly duplicate. It's a pretty interesting experiment, but I doubt they really reproduced the inhuman below-decks conditions. I specifically remember in Worsley's account that the men were picking shreds of tobacco out of the bilge water to smoke, wrapped in rotting reindeer skins and lying on ballast rocks, with a nice refreshing ocean water drizzle coming in at all times . . . They often reached a near catatonic state at the helm, which Shakleton had to fight with all his leadership skills.

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