As Good as Your Word: Promises made to be kept

Promises and commitments are the outward signs of mutual trust between parties, a shared understanding, and a bargain to be upheld at each end. A contract, if you will, whether written and signed, or verbal and committed over a handshake, to terms large and detailed involving the exchange of vast sums of money, or as … More As Good as Your Word: Promises made to be kept

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, August 15, 1916: ” A week to-day the sun returns.”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”— “A week to-day the sun returns. I am training the puppies, but have made a mistake; that is, I should have tied them up before putting them into harness; they were frolicksome. In a week they travelled in harmony with Oscar, Gunner, and … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, August 15, 1916: ” A week to-day the sun returns.”

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

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July, 1916: “. . . . a better pal amidst toil and trouble never existed.”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”— “All was going well until one day Richy [R. W. Richards] collapsed. He threw up his arms, gave a cry, and fell down in a faint. Cope was soon to his aid; the long journey had strained his heart. No words could express … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July, 1916: “. . . . a better pal amidst toil and trouble never existed.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15, 1916: “The hut on our first entering, although black and grimy, was like a palace to us.”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”— “Our first thoughts after the sad news were for the dogs; if they were not secured there would be some severe fighting. After which, we entered the Hut. It is 289 days since we left, and much snow has fallen on the Antarctic … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15, 1916: “The hut on our first entering, although black and grimy, was like a palace to us.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15, 1916: “Once more the Great White South has taken its toll.”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”— [The men marooned at the Discovery Hut since their return from the Barrier have determined to make their way over the sea ice to return to the hut at Cape Evans] “July 15th. This turned out a beautiful calm day with full moon, … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15, 1916: “Once more the Great White South has taken its toll.”

Shackleton’s “Aurora” adrift in the Ross Sea, July 22, 1916: “. . . . made final preparations for abandoning ship.”

–from the log kept by Captain Stenhouse— “July 22.—Ship in bad position in newly frozen lane, with bow and stern jammed against heavy floes; heavy strain with much creaking and groaning. 8 a.m.—Called all hands to stations for sledges, and made final preparations for abandoning ship. Allotted special duties to several hands to facilitate quickness … More Shackleton’s “Aurora” adrift in the Ross Sea, July 22, 1916: “. . . . made final preparations for abandoning ship.”