“All or nothing: When do you take the big risk?” Sometimes you just have to plunge ahead.

From our distant African origins to the igloo-dwelling Greenland Inuit, humankind has always extended our reach into whatever new and unexplored land lay at our domestic frontiers. We have not shied away from the most extreme of environments. Rather, we have learned, through trial and error, how to enter, how to survive and even thrive … More “All or nothing: When do you take the big risk?” Sometimes you just have to plunge ahead.

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 19, 1916: “At about nine o’clock in the morning we had our first hot meal. . .”

–from Frank Worsley’s account ‘Endurance’— “At about nine o’clock in the morning we had our first hot meal, having been on the march for siz hours. The only nourishment we had taken en route had been a small piece of biscuit and a chunk of Streimer’s Nut Food. After this we cooked a meal over … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 19, 1916: “At about nine o’clock in the morning we had our first hot meal. . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 18, 1916: “We turned in early that night, but sleep did not come to me.”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “The carpenter [Harry McNeish] started making a sledge for use on the overland journey. The materials at his disposal were limited in quantity and scarcely suitable in quality. We overhauled our gear on Thursday, May 18, and hauled our sledge to the lower edge of the snouted glacier. Worsley and Crean … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 18, 1916: “We turned in early that night, but sleep did not come to me.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 15, 1916: Peggotty Camp

–from Frank Worsley’s account ‘Endurance’— “We hoisted sail to a fine west breeze, and as the sun came out and the waters of the [King Haakon] Sound sparkled we felt very cheery indeed. . . . As we reached the head of the Sound we heard the raucaus roar of the bull sea-elephant. We hauled … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 15, 1916: Peggotty Camp

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 10, 1916: “In a few minutes we were all safe on the beach. . . .”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “The entrance was so narrow that we had to take in the oars, and the swell was piling itself right over the reef into the cove; but in a minute or two we were inside, and in the gathering darkness the ‘James Caird’ ran in on a swell and touched the … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 10, 1916: “In a few minutes we were all safe on the beach. . . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 10, 1916: “We set the bows of the boat towards the bay and ran before the freshening gale.”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “The night wore on. We longed for day. When at last the dawn came on the morning of May 10 there was practically no wind, but a high cross-sea was running. We made slow progress toward the shore. About 8 a.m. the wind backed to the north-west and threatened another blow. … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 10, 1916: “We set the bows of the boat towards the bay and ran before the freshening gale.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 9, 1916: “. I think most of us had a feeling that the end was very near.”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “There was nothing for it but to haul off until morning, and so we stood away on the starboard tack until we had made what appeared to be a safe offing. At 5 a.m. the wind shifted to the northwest and quickly increased to one of the worst hurricanes any of … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 9, 1916: “. I think most of us had a feeling that the end was very near.”