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Re: Explorers to Retrace Shackleton's Epic Antarctic Journey

"Jarvis, who is also an environmental scientist, hopes to use the trip to bring awareness to the impact of climate change."

This explains the why, its not so much about Shackleton's journey as it is about the
global warming narrative.
So they are going to be followed by a carbon belching, whale crushing, seal disturbing
bird scaring ship just in case they need to have their a$$es saved from the effects of mother nature.
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As if we need more noise around global warming. I get it already.

I wish they would spend the money for this trip on finding a solution, because we are not going to stop the warming now.
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Well, that's good. Seems like the 50/50 comment in the article is some showmanship then, doesn't it.
Minne ... Jarvis already has a few runs on the board. He's no fool and has a pretty good success rate for previous jaunts.

While there may have been an element of showmanship in the remark my guess is he was talking about 50/50 chance of completion not survival.
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I am from the camp that completely understands the human element of exploration and why we put men on the moon, not just robots.

But when there is no more exploratory value to be had, I find it less admirable to take what I read was a 50/50 risk with human life. I'm all for an adventure, just for the sake of it, but the odds need to be much better than that.

Must just be me. Good luck them anyway.
It ain't just you. Shackleton's epic voyage was a tale of survival - while also being an adventure, that aspect was purely incidental.

This one reeks of "stunt".
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Do you have a link or reference?

Shackelton's story is, IMO one of the most inspirational examples of maritime heroics of all time.
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I agree! An amazing story of survival. I have been in awe of it since I first learned about it as a youngster. He would not have done it intentionally! He would not have tried to duplicate the struggle for the reasons, what ever they are, that set this expedition in motion. They have been practicing capsizing their unstable small craft just in case? I think he would be aghast at this adventure. Sailing single handed across the Atlantic in a small boat with most of your fingers and toes gone a-la Blackburn would make no more sense. Your preparation for that would require some uncomfortable frostbite, but it would make it real! Yikes! It is an event that can't be duplicated in the 21st century just by recreating the props.

I do wish them well for the obvious humanitarian reasons. It almost borders on a violation of Shackelton's legend. I am sure having your name, as an adventurer, spoken in the same breath with Shackelton has huge appeal. Ugh!

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Cheeses .... tough crowd ....
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Do they plan to re-enact the original voyage, or the original re-enactment?

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Do they plan to re-enact the original voyage, or the original re-enactment?...
No one cared at all about the third attempt to put a man on the moon, until Apollo XIII nearly came apart.
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Re: Explorers to Retrace Shackleton's Epic Antarctic Journey

Ok Smackdaddy where are you???? This is the biggest sail ever!!! I would not try it. I hate the cold... What a bad crowd in the first few pages so true! Go pull you boats up on the hard> you do not even need to be tied to the dock. Oh and the carbon belching rescue boat is for body recovery to far away to be any help. I was going to start this thread but I see it is already up. Crazy man last time three Irish men went to try this capsized three times in 28 or so min and made the wize choice they were not up for it. Warm Regards,Lou
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Re: Explorers to Retrace Shackleton's Epic Antarctic Journey

Okay, so I found the thread. Honestly, it doesn't look too rough and tumble to me. Just people giving their opinions.

So these guys are going to sail a crappy old boat through a really, really cold place like old Shacks did. Cool.

Call me when it's done. If they pull it off I'll definitely send them a BFS skully.
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