Shackleton Centenary Expedition

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A Long Way To Climb

Whilst explaining the route of the expedition to a couple of friends on the train on Friday night, they expressed surprise at the fact that the South Pole is at an altitude of nearly 10,000 ft above sea level. I thought it would helpful therefore to put a cross-section diagram together of the expedition route, showing the changes in altitude that the team will achieve. Click on the image below to see a larger version.

Route Cross-section

See also below a map of the route compared to the UK! They are doing the equivalent of London to Aberdeen ... and back again!!

Compare route to UK

Rate of Progress

I have also done an analysis comparing how this expedition is faring against both Shackleton's and Robert Swan's. Again, click the image to see a higher resolution version. The answer is ... so far, very well.

Progress Comparison

Posted by SCE on December 7, 2008 7:02 PM