Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Descendants of Ernest Shackleton To Recreate Antarctic Trek

Six descendents of the Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team are preparing to recreate their trek to the South Pole, exactly 100 years after the first attempt.

The British adventurers, including Shackleton's great-grandson, will mark the centenary of the failed Nimrod expedition by tackling the same 900 mile route, a journey which should take them 80 days.

Shackleton set off on the challenge in 1908, but was forced to abandon it in January 1909 because of icy blizzards and a lack of rations.

Hopefully this time they won't go in for the insane "man-hauling" of supply sledges that doomed both the Shackleton and Scott expeditions.

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