I watched, and was greatly impacted by a film this weekend about Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance.  

His third polar expedition found his ship stuck in the ice for 10 months only to have it crushed.  He and his crew camped on an ice flow for 5 months before undertaking a 6 day row in lifeboats enduring  freezing conditions to Elephant Island. Shackleton then left most of his crew on Elephant Island to sail to a whaling station on South Georgia Island, 800 miles away.  They endured freezing temperatures, pitching oceans, and hurricane like conditions in nothing more than a life boat.  

When the crew of 6 found the island, he left 3 with the boat and hiked across the South Georgian mountains with not much more than 50 ft of rope and an pick axe.  Shackleton and two crew members found the whaling station, and made several attempts to rescue his men on Elephant Island.  They were eventually successful, and ALL survived. They were gone for nearly two years

The moral of the story is grab an oar, quit bitching, and get it done.  You ain’t sitting on a freezing rock, clubbing baby seals, and eating fried blubber.  Nobody is gonna save you or change your situation other than you.

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6 Responses to Endurance

  1. Matthew says:

    Amen. I had read off and on through the years about that story and need to see the film.

    Talk about Enduring. I doubt 99.9% of modern men equipped with the latest and greatest gear could endure as well or as long or as successfully.

  2. LeadChucker says:

    There have been a couple attempts by modern day mountaineers to cross the South Georgian mountains, it took them 3 days, where it too Shackelton and 2 others 36 hours. I suppose motivation had a lot to do with it.

  3. HankH says:

    Yes, that was an incredible story, I remember seeing that in National Geographic awhile back; nothing short of miraculous. I’m sorry I missed the movie.


  4. Brigid says:

    Grab an oar and quit bitchin. I love that. I’ve read a book of that journey, and will relish a movie. Thanks for the tip.

  5. LeadChucker says:

    Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure. We saw it at an IMAX theatre in Louisville.

    I just checked on a whim to find it was released in 2001, and is available on NetFlix.

  6. HankH says:

    I watched the movie last night with the wife and kids – at one point I said to my 17 year old son ‘Rob, those guys were studs!’ What an unbelieveable tale!

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