Now in Print: “When Your Life Depends on It” co-authored by David Hirzel and Brad Borkan

Terra Nova Press is pleased to announce the publication of our latest book When Your Life Depends on It: Extreme Decision-Making Lessons from the Antarctic. Co-written by Brad Borkan (London), this book uses epic true stories from the “heroic age” of Antarctic exploration to place the reader in those life and death situations and asks … More Now in Print: “When Your Life Depends on It” co-authored by David Hirzel and Brad Borkan

March 4, 1914: Shackleton at the Royal Geograhical Society

Shackleton was invited to address a committee of the Royal Geographical Society on March 4th, 1914. In response to a question about possible accidents along the TransAntarctic trail, he replied: “If a man broke his leg, or anything like that, and I was on the outward track, I would turn for that man and go … More March 4, 1914: Shackleton at the Royal Geograhical Society

Autumn 1913: Shackleton plans an Antarctic crossing

–from Ernest Shackleton’s account “South”– “I started preparations in the middle of 1913, but no public announcement was made until January 13, 1914. For the last six months of 1913 I was engaged in the necessary preliminaries, solid mule work, showing nothing particular to interest the public, but essential for an Expedition that had to … More Autumn 1913: Shackleton plans an Antarctic crossing

February 11, 1913: “But my husband is a good sport . . . (Kathleen Scott)

–from a news article in the San Francisco Chronicle February 11, 1913– “Mrs. Robert F. Scott left San Francisco last Wednesday on the Australian line steamer Anorangi, sanguine in the hope that she would greet her husband within two months at some New Zealand port. When seen here Mrs. Scott said she was sorry for … More February 11, 1913: “But my husband is a good sport . . . (Kathleen Scott)

January 20, 1912: Scott’s Polar Party Heads for Home

–from Dr. Edward Wilson’s sledging diary– “Sat 20 Jan.  16.1 m geog. “Blowing 4-5 from the S.S.W.  and from time to time overcast but too much sun and moving sandy drifts at this temp. for good going–they refused to allow the ski to glide at all.  One had to shove them over.  The going was … More January 20, 1912: Scott’s Polar Party Heads for Home

January 17, 1912: Scott reaches the South Pole

–from his diary– Wednesday, January 17.  Camp 69.  T. -22 at the start.  Night -21.  The Pole.  yes, but under very different circumstances from those expected.  We have had a horrible day–add to our disappointment a head wind 4 to 5, with a temperature -22, and companions labouring on with cold feet and hands. “We … More January 17, 1912: Scott reaches the South Pole

January 16, 1912: Forestalled at the Pole

–from Scott’s diary– “Tuesday, January 16.  –Camp 68.  Height 9760.  T. -23.5.  The worst has happened, or nearly the worst.  We marched well in the morning and covered 7-1/2 miles.  Noon sight shows us in Lat/ 89-42′ S., and we started off in high spirits in the afternoon, feeling that to-morrow would see us at … More January 16, 1912: Forestalled at the Pole