Shackleton Hike


May 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton's epic self-rescue after his ship, Endurance, was wrecked in Antarctica. He and a few men sailed in a life raft to South Georgia and hiked over glaciated mountains to the manned whaling station in Stromness, ultimately saving his entire crew. If you visit South Georgia, you can hike the whole trek or just the last 6km of their journey. Here are a few snaps from the day I hiked from Fortuna Bay to Stromness. ( I think Shackleton would call it the easy bit.)

Starting out in the lush tussock grass in Fortuna Bay, we began the uphill climb.

Looking back over Fortuna Bay. Continuing up the hill, the terrain soon became snowy.

Stopping for water & chocolate at a snow covered Crean Lake.

Some of us needed more of a rest than the others.

Looking back over the pass as we started to descend. I wondered if this was the area where they first heard the morning whistle from the whaling station.

Just about to catch sight of the whaling station at Stromness!

Never thought seeing a rusty old whaling station would be such an emotional moment!

The wind was fierce and we kept moving.

Glissading down the hill...

and into the Shackleton Valley.

The now abandoned whaling station at Stromness.

When Shackleton, Worsley & Crean walked into the Stromness whaling station on May 20, 1916, they had been shipwrecked for 17 months. With winter coming, it would be another few months before they were able to rescue the men stranded back on Elephant Island. In the end, all were rescued.

Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried in Grytviken, South Georgia. His grave faces south to Antarctica and is marked by a beautifully hewn granite stone.

This Robert Browning quote adorns the back of Shackleton's grave marker.

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