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No stimulants except tea and cocoa

Sastrugi on Barne Glacier, Feb. 21st 1911, by Herbert George Ponting “We shall take with us no stimulants except tea and cocoa. We drink the tea at midday to refresh us for the ‘afternoon’ march. The cocoa is taken last … Continue reading

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Reply paid 100 words

“Would greatly value favourable opinion from you on my plans for publication at once in private circular I am sending out, reply paid 100 words.” — Ernest Shackleton to Fridtjof Nansen “The crossing I consider most important, and an Expedition … Continue reading

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In summary

In summary—for my Transcontinental journey I propose to follow in Filchner’s tracks from the Weddell Sea to the Pole. He failed to make the crossing himself, but he found the southern limit of the Weddell Sea. Between the Filchner ice … Continue reading

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The Plan

“A copy of the program which [I] prepared in order to arouse the interest of the general public in the Expedition:” “THE TRANSCONTINENTAL PARTY The first crossing of the Antarctic continent from sea to sea via the Pole, apart from … Continue reading

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My Diary

“9 January 1909 The last day out we have shot our bolt and the tale is 88.23 S 162 E. The wind eased down at 1 am. At 2 am we were up and had breakfast and shortly after 4 … Continue reading

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The whole place seems so strange

“The whole place seems so strange and unlike anything else in the world…when the hazy clouds spring silently from either hand and drift quickly across our zenith not followed by any wind it seems almost uncanny. Then comes a puff … Continue reading

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Crew of the Nimrod Expedition

Shackleton is on the bottom left. [Photo from German Wikipedia] Short bios of the crew: Antarctic Heritage Trust.

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The promise

“I am leaving the McMurdo sound base to you, and will land either at the place known as Barrier Inlet or at King Edward VII Land whichever is the most suitable, if I land at either of these places I … Continue reading

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Scott had the first trip aloft. But on my turn I reached a higher altitude of 800 feet, and took the first aerial photograph of the continent, on February 4, 1902.

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Furthest Point South

Ernest Shackleton speaking into an Edison Phonograph in 1910 about the results of his Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole, 1907-09, and his Furthest Point South. Public domain file, sourced from

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