Skip to comments.Polar Explorer vs. Reality TV Crew: Tim Jarvis in the Footsteps of Shackleton
Posted on 01/15/2014 12:04:04 PM PST by TurboZamboni
In Chasing Shackleton, Tim Jarvis re-enacts a hundred-year-old Antarctic journey using replica gear and clothing. Despite the raging tempests, subzero temperatures, and treacherous crevasse fields, what really tests him are the intrusions of a reality TV crew. This would seem to be a problem unique to modern explorers. But might Shackleton have sympathized? The so-called heroic age of polar exploration lasted from the tail end of the Victorian era until the outbreak of World War I. When we consider this periods doughty adventurers, none speaks more directly to our modern souls than Sir Ernest Shackleton. The exhibitions, movies, books, and other paeans to Shackleton in the last decade or so (from the 2002 film starring Kenneth Branagh to the assiduous reverse-engineering, in 2011, of his favored whisky) appear to have perma-frosted him, as it were, atop the pile.
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The story of Ernest Shackleton and his crew is one of the most unbelievable I have ever read. Simply amazing.
Here’s a link to some other Shackleton documentaries on YouTube:
Will he row several hundred miles in an open boat to So. Georgia island in an open boat like Shakleton did?
he did in the first episode...so far.
the boat they’re using is an exact replica.
OK, fair enough, I'll be sure to watch.
That is freaking impressive.
Then they somehow manage to land on shore without getting smashed AND have to climb the mountain to the other side of the island.
Fact certainly outdoes fiction in the Shackleton sage.
Let's just say I was deeply impressed with what they had done........
WWI broke out just as Endurance was getting ready to leave. Shackelton asked the government if they should stay for the war effort or go, and the government said go.
They came very close to getting smashed up in a storm, all while they were running low on potable water.
The main reason they had to hike over the island was because they were so thirsty when they finally reached shore that they all ran to a stream to drink and waves hit the James Caird and broke the rudder, rendering it worthless to sail around to the inhabited side of the island.
Seem to remember that they were extremly lucky
reaching the whaleing station.A storm came up
a short time later.Those whalers must have been
amazed,these half dead men comeing off that mnt.
Always wondered why Shackelton fell out with the carpenter.
The most amazing part about Shackleton was that, having Providentially survived and escaped back to safety, he left AGAIN to go,to sea! I understand he did die on the next voyage, of a heart attack, iirc.
I'm not sure how the real Shackleton would have responded to reality TV crews had they existed a century ago but I'm pretty certain that Roald Amundsen would have had no patience with them.
This guy wasn’t reinacting Shackleton.
He started out on an icy continent that melted around him and he had to jump in a boat to save himself from global warming.
He’s Algore’s Noah.
Shackleton was a real man.