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Chasing Shackleton: Re-creating the World's Greatest Journey of Survival (Anglais) Relié – 7 janvier 2014

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Revue de presse

“Mr. Jarvis’s tribute to Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition has had a danger and heroism that are worthy of the original.” (The Guardian)

“This is a story of triumph! Tim Jarvis and his companions have successfully recreated my grandfather’s 1916 voyage over the stormiest seas in the world. I feel it was a thoroughly Shackletonian expedition.” (ALEXANDRA SHACKLETON, Granddaughter of Ernest Shackleton)

“A daring re-enactment. ... All the plaudits to him and his team are thoroughly deserved.” (Telegraph)

“An extraordinary expedition” (The Daily Mirror)

“Polar explorer Jarvis takes on the re-creation of one of the most difficult treks imaginable. … The story of their journey is bone-chilling and breathtakingly frightening. … a most remarkable feat. A well-written, compelling read.” (Kirkus)

“Thrilling. ... A treasure-trove of minutiae and derring-do for both explorers and those who will simply gaze in wonderment.” (Booklist)

“A chilling account of an epic struggle to survive.” (Traveler)

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In this extraordinary adventure memoir and tie-in to the PBS documentary, Tim Jarvis, one of the world's leading explorers, describes his modern-day journey to retrace, for the first time ever—and in period clothing and gear—the legendary 1914 expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

In early 1914, British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team sailed for Antarctica, attempting to be the first to reach the South Pole. Instead of glory, Shackleton and his crew found themselves in an epic struggle for survival: a three-year odyssey on the ice and oceans of the Antarctic that endures as one of the world’s most famous tales of adventure, endurance, and leadership ever recorded.

In the winter of 2013, celebrated explorer Tim Jarvis, a veteran of multiple polar expeditions, set out to recreate Sir Ernest Shackleton’s treacherous voyage over sea and mountain, outfitted solely with authentic equipment—clothing, boots, food, and tools—from Shackleton’s time, a feat that has never been successfully accomplished.

Shackleton's Epic is the remarkable record of Jarvis and his team’s epic journey. Beautifully designed and illustrated with dozens of photographs from the original voyage and its modern reenactment, it is a visual feast for readers and historians alike, and an essential new chapter in the story that has inspired adventurers across every continent for a century.

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A beautiful book about an amazing adventure 7 janvier 2014
Par Margot Morrell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to talk to Sir Ernest Shackleton about the Endurance expedition? Meet Tim Jarvis.

Tim didn’t recreated the entire Endurance expedition. Just the hardest parts. To be specific, the boat journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia and the crossing of South Georgia. Until Tim and his worthy team accomplished the “double” in early 2013, only Shackleton accompanied by Frank Worsley and Tom Crean had managed to pull off this amazing feat.

Here’s the back story. About 2007, Alexandra Shackleton approached Tim Jarvis about recreating her grandfather’s “double.” Since Shackleton’s 1916 accomplishment, many people had crossed South Georgia but only a few attempts had been made at recreating his almost-impossible boat journey.

In 1997, an Irish team were forced to scuttle their boat after capsizing three times. In 2000, a German crew had to be towed part of the way. Trevor Potts’ valiant attempt in 1993-94 with a three-man crew came closest to success. Ironically where, Shackleton refused to take the risk of being pushed past South Georgia and opted to land on the uninhabited Antarctic-facing shore, Potts was driven by the raging seas to the supposedly friendlier eastern shore. Potts and his team attempted a reverse crossing of the island - from Stromness to King Haakon Bay but were forestalled by the treacherous terrain and a shortage of food.

I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Tim tell the story of the Shackleton Epic a number of times. As Tim’s beautifully titled book makes clear his challenges were almost as great as Sir Ernest’s. This is a story that never gets old. It’s a story of man pushed to the limits. It’s a story of remarkable teamwork. It’s a story of doing the impossible.

My heartiest congratulations to Tim on a magnificent achievement and a wonderful book.

Margot Morrell
co-author, Shackleton's Way - Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer
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Long-time Shackleton fan 2 mars 2014
Par Jonathan A. Hayes - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
"Chasing Shackleton" is the story of a modern re-creation of Shackleton's epic boat trip from Elephant Island to South Georgia and the subsequent trek over the South Georgia mountains to the Stromness whaling station. They tried to make it as realistic as possible, using equipment as close to Shackleton's as they could. The result is a gripping story. We watched the PBS show (which are available on DVD). This will give you an even greater appreciation of Shackleton's leadership skills and Frank Worsley's navigation skills (he must be classed as the greatest navigator of all time). Read this book!
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An Amazing Adventure 14 février 2014
Par Annette - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Source: Free copy from William Morrow in exchange for a review.
Tim Jarvis, an experienced explorer, was asked by the granddaughter of Sir Ernest Shackleton, to recreate Shackleton's 1916 famous trek. Shackleton and his crew had embarked on a course to reach the South Pole in 1914; instead, their ship became stranded in ice. In 1916 Shackleton and a select few men, made the journey across the rough Southern Ocean to the island of South Georgia. Their next goal was to climb over the interior mountains to a remote fishing village in order to rescue the men left behind on the ship.
Tim Jarvis, put together a crew and a plan to follow the same route Shackleton had done. They would use original equipment from Shackleton's era, including a replica built boat like the one used by Shackleton in order to reach South Georgia.
The book Chasing Shackleton, begins with the initial planning phase of the expedition. Jarvis chose men based on: experience, health, knowledge, abilities, and fortitude. The gathering of gear and the building of the replica boat was the next step. A Discovery channel team would follow Jarvis's group and film the expedition.

My Thoughts:
I have not watched the PBS special on the recreation, but my husband has and found it very interesting.
I enjoyed reading this book for several reasons:
1. During the crossing of the Southern Ocean (in the small replica boat) it was a "white knuckle" reading adventure.
2. I loved reading about Shackleton's story, it was placed first in the book; then Jarvis began telling his story of the planning of the expedition and the adventure itself.
3. I appreciate the realness of the teams experience. The Jarvis group of men are experienced athletes and explorers; however, they had experiences of failure or weakness.
4. Common habits of life are difficult in extreme conditions, for example: where do you use the bathroom?
5. I am amazed at the endurance and fortitude of both groups of men, the Shackleton group and the Jarvis group.
6. Stunning photographs are displayed throughout the book as well as a few maps.
7. Chasing Shackleton is a phenomenal story of adventure.
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Fantastic idea and well written book 15 juin 2014
Par Michigan Reviewer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The author, Tim Jarvis, relates his experiences setting up a recreation of Shackleton's 1916 Antarctic expedition. Jarvis' attention to detail in this endeavor is amazing. The red tape and hoops he has to jump through to make this trip a reality are also quite daunting. Jarvis insists that as much of the trip be just the way the "Boss" did it as possible. This includes the size and manufacture of the boat, the food they carry and the clothing they wear. All must be as close to what Shackleton used as possible. Jarvis does a great job explaining the process by which the journey must start. He needs to find experienced Southern ocean sailors as well as good climbers for the climb on South Georgia island. The sections in the book dealing with the boat trip through treacherous, cold seas is astounding. To think that anyone would volunteer to do such a thing in this day and age. The deprivation and sacrifice Jarvis and his crew went through to recreate the trip as closely as they could to the "Boss". Jarvis' writing style is very good. Not flowery, not verbose, not overly technical. I never found myself bored or confused with the book. It is high adventure written in a very smooth flowing style. One can even learn new management/crisis management techniques from this tome. I liked the book. A whole lot.
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Five Stars 21 juillet 2014
Par Leslie Maltby - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Great Book.
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