Daily Archives: August 2, 2012
Photo Essay: The Footsteps of Shackleton
In May 1916, Sir Ernest Shackleton climbed over the mountains of South Georgia island in at attempt to get help to rescue the men of the HMS Endurance who were stranded on Elephant Island in Antarctica. He climbed over the uncharted mountains of South Georgia on foot, reaching the Norwegian whaling station of Stromness.
In January 2012, I had the pleasure of retracing the steps of Shackleton, walking the last leg of his journey to Stromness on my G Adventures trip to Antarctica. A three hour hike in the summer that took Shackleton half a day when the terrain was covered with snow and ice. We also visited his grave at the former whaling station at Grytviken, where he is buried next to his right hand man, Frank Wild.
Being able to hike, for even a short distance, the same route as Shackleton was one of the highlights of the trip. Below are some of the images I captured from the journey.