Published Jan 2010
Ernest Shackleton’s name is inseparable from the history of Antarctic exploration, but every mention of his name brings to mind his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition in Endurance. To those in the know this is surprising, because Shackleton’s greatest achievements, his most daring deeds and his most momentous decisions all happened a decade earlier on an expedition that, until now, has been virtually overlooked in modern accounts. This book is the story of that epic adventure in which, lacking funds, Shackleton sailed on the under-sized ship Nimrod with a small party of individuals willing to push themselves to the limit. This group was the first to climb Mount Erebus, the first to plant a flag at the South Magnetic Pole, the first to cross the Beardmore Glacier to the polar plateau, the first to travel uncharted territory beyond the "farthest south" reached by Scott six years earlier. It’s a classic tale of gentleman-adventurers exploring the earth’s last great wilderness.