Shackleton's "Furthest South" Reached 100 Years On
The team have made it to 88° 23'S 162° 0'E - the precise point that Shackleton turned around 100 years ago today. After 57 days and 700 nm of sledge hauling they have achieved their first major goal. Next stop .... The South Pole!
One hundred years ago (L to R) Adams, Shackleton & Wild at the "Furthest South".
Today at "Furthest South" (L to R) Adams, Gow, Worsley
Listen to today's report and you can hear the sense of pride in the voices of the team. But you can also hear their admiration for their ancestors, who at this very moment 100 years ago were face with a 700 nm return journey with minimal rations. Click on Shackleton's diary entry below to see details from 100 years ago today, and also a photo of the flag that was planted by him at the "Furthest South".
Today's report is sponsored by "Mark, Lucy, Ralph, Lettice, Harry and Rose Cornell, in memory of our great and great great Grandfather, Jameson Boyd Adams - The Mate. Also in recognition of our cousin Henry Adams and his team mates, Henry Worsley and Will Gow for their phenomenal achievement to date and to wish them, and our brother and uncle David, 'God Speed' and Good Luck in completing the last 97 miles - wrapping up some unfinished family business!"
1. Sitrep No 57 as at 0735 hrs GMT 09 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 11.6 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 700.5 nm
4. Hours travelled: 6
5. Daily Average to Date: 12.29 nm
6. Distance to Pole: 97.00 nm
7. Altitude: 10244 ft ASL
8. Total Raised on Justgiving: £6050
9. Total raised in last 24 hours: £2050
97 Mile Team
Dave Cornell and his team - Tim Fright, Richard Gray, Andy Ledger and Matty Mcnair, have had a very frustraing wait at Puenta Arenas waiting for the weather to clear at Patriot Hills enabling them to fly to Patriot and then on to the RV. They finally flew to Patriot Hills last night, and we are awaiting an update as to when they fly forward to meet up with the Ice Team. The plan is that the 97 Team will fly forward and meet up with Worsley et al, wherever they may have got to at that time, before flying to the 97 Miles point to start their journey to the Pole.
Our last day outwards. We have shot our bolt, and the tale is latitude 88° 23' South, longitude 162°East. The wind eased down at 1 A.M., and at 2 A.M. we were up and had breakfast. At 4 A.M. started south, with the Queen's Union Jack, a brass cylinder containing stamps and documents to place at the furthest south point, camera, glasses, and compass. At 9 A.M. we were in 88° 23' South, half running and half walking over a surface much hardened by the recent blizzard. It was strange for us to go along without the nightmare of a sledge dragging behind us. We hoisted Her Majesty's flag and the other Union Jack afterwards, and took possession of the plateau in the name of His Majesty. While the Union Jack blew out stiffly in the icy gale that cut us to the bone, we looked south with our powerful glasses, but could see nothing but the dead white snow plain.
There was no break in the plateau as it extended toward the Pole, and we feel sure that the goal we have failed to reach lies on this plain. We stayed only a few minutes, and then, taking the Queen's flag and eating our scanty meal as we went, we hurried back and reached our camp about 3 P.M. We were so dead tired that we only did two hours' march in the afternoon and camped at 5:30 P.M. The temperature was minus 19°F. Fortunately for us, our tracks were not obliterated by the blizzard; indeed, they stood up, making a trail easily followed. Homeward bound at last. Whatever regrets may be, we have done our best.
This is the story of the “Farthest South” expedition, told by its leader. After enduring biting winds, short rations and crevasse-ridden glaciers for over a year, Shackleton’s party faced a desperate forced march to return to their ship, The Nimrod, or face being marooned on the ice.
Taken from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s own compelling chronicle of his first Antarctic expedition, written on his return in 1909.
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