Arrived at the South Pole!

Thursday, December 17, 2015, 13:04
The Endurance Team have just arrived at the South Pole.
I have just had a call from Steve saying he has spoken to Ros and Bea and they are at the South Pole!
Congratulations to everyone! We look forward to hearing the details as soon as you get a chance to tell us.


Ruth Loshak wrote:
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 13:23
Many many congratulations to all and love to Bea and Ros from Ruth and Carrie
Simone Cameron wrote:
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 13:34
Congratulations team! David everyone at BBC is following your progress & we're all so excited that you've reached the pole. Looking forward to your safe return home now.
Sarah George wrote:
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 14:16
Congratulations Chris and all of your team, hopefully you'll be home in time for Christmas.
Fiona Matson wrote:
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 14:19
Amazing news! Well done Dad and the team, fantastic achievement by all. Safe home. Fi xxx
Jim clash wrote:
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 16:16
Congrats on a great ski - and to Constance and David in particular, a hearty thumbs-up from your friends at The Explorers Club. Well done!
Ali and Tim wrote:
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 19:50
It is great news to hear that you have all safely arrived today. What a mammoth achievement - well done! When Laurent Fabius, president of the un cop21 conference in Paris, announced last Saturday that all nations had agreed a united response to climate change, he quoted Nelson Mandela "It always seems impossible until it is done!" I can only imagine you must have felt the same at times. He added that it would only have been possible with everyone acting as one. I can imagine it was the same for you too. Have a safe trip back and we look forward to the debrief! Love Ali and Tim
Alice and family wrote:
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 22:13
Many congratulations! I'm relieved to see the pictures of you all getting there. Best wishes to Bea and Ros.
Rupert Mincer wrote:
Friday, December 18, 2015, 01:34
Well done all! The warmer colorful world awaits your return- not as altered as the Endurance crew found it fortunantly. Safe returns.
Andy Cooper wrote:
Friday, December 18, 2015, 22:50
Well done Ros and Bea!...and all the rest of the team.
Andrea Crossman wrote:
Monday, December 21, 2015, 12:05
Fantastic news, I knew you would do it! Well done to each and every one of you. Safe journey home. x
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On Friday January 22, 2016 as many of you know Henry Worsley, a distant descendant of Frank Worsley the Captain of the Endurance sent a message via satellite from his tent having walked 913 miles over 70 days on his own and unaided in his quest to cross the Antarctic on the route Shackleton intended. Worsley was 30 miles away from his finish line, but he was snowbound by a blizzard's whiteout and by exhaustion.

"When my hero Ernest Shackleton was 97 miles from the South Pole on the morning of January 9 1909, he said he had shot his bolt," Worsley said in his final dispatch before he called for an airlift. "Well today, I have to inform you with some sadness that I too have shot my bolt."

The airlift was successful. Three days later however Worsley died at a hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile from peritonitis, an infection of the abdominal wall. His expedition, shackletonsolo.org, has raised over £100,000 for British war veterans..

Many of the Endurance South Pole 100 expedition knew Henry and one member had served in the Army with him. He had been a real font of knowledge in planning the expedition and making siure we did something worthwhile and create legacy. He was giving us valuable advice at the end of October from his "Patience Camp " in Punta Arenas and allway s made time to help. An extract from one email was

"Be prepared for the cold and effects of altitude when you get out of the plane at your start point.
And expect a slow accumulation of miles covered each day until you have all acclimatised a bit.
Some will be affected much more than others and you will have to go at the speed of the slowest ship in your convoy"
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His compassionate advice proved very valuable as we struggled with the cold and wind in our attempt to walk just a short part of the route to the South Pole that Shackleton would have travelled 100 years earlier.
We spoke to Henry on a satellite phone from Union Glacier in early December and wished him well.. he was cheery and optimistic despite finding it very hard and unbearably slow as he skied up to the Polar Plateau in some very unseasonal snowy conditions
Many of us followed his blog with interest and admiration. We realised from the efforts we were making in a much smaller endeavour that what Henry was doing was a massive feat, and to get so far is to be commended

It was fitting that on Day 61, Henry invoked Tennyson's line in that old motto of British exploration and heroic endeavours.
"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield," he said in an increasingly raspy, thin voice.
That line of poetry captures the will and courage to endure the unendurable. Shackleton was a man who sought glory and legacy but discovered true heroism by saving all the lives of the "Endurance" crew. That has always been the lesson and the poetry of Shackleton's "Endurance" for many.

Frank Worsley had some poet in him, too. His wonderful book, "Shackleton's Boat Journey," ended by saying of Shackleton, "It seemed to me that among all his achievements, great as they were, his one failure was the most glorious."

"My summit is just out of reach," Henry said in his final dispatch.

Perhaps not: We can wish that a bit of Shackleton's true glory can be part of the legacy of Henry Worsley, 1960-2016

We will remember him for his help in planning our expedition, his advice to create a worthwhile legacy and his optimism that we would get likeminded people together to make it all happen. It was really appreciated.







One hundred years on , you would think that there is little more left to say about the Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition. Over the years, volumes have been written about what is now one of the most famous events in polar exploration. as well as films, television dramas and even an opera.
Then, a new voice is heard . James Wordie was the quiet man of Shackleton's crew.  A thoughtful, studious scientist, with  a dry Scottish wit, he doesn't feature much in the literature . Yet he was  there through it all in the background, just diligently getting on with his work.
Now though his voice can be heard. For the first time, his complete personal diaries of those dramatic times will be made available.  
It was customary for all senior members of an expedition to keep a jounal of their adventures and  work. This would be handed in at the end, so the expedition leader could write up the official account. In this case, Shackleton, and the publication of 'South'.
When 'Endurance' was abandoned, the diaries went with the crew on their dramatic journey. Researchers from all disciplines can thus read the journals of Shackleton, James, Hurley, Orde-Lees and the others. Each gives a different, personal insight into the expedition and its fate. But one of the main scientific voices is silent. That of James Wordie, the ship's geologist. 
Wordie was a conscientious writer and recorder of data. His diary includes unique information about experiments and samples taken during the voyage.  His illustrations and  navigation records could be used alongside other sources, to verify and shed new light on their jouney.
Making available his complete diaries for the first time is thus an historic and exciting step for all those interested in the Endurance and its crew.
Working with the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) , the descendents of James Wordie are now exploring the best ways of digitising the diaries.  
The 2015 expedition , and related events, such as the commemorative dinner at St.Johns College in May 2015, are raising funds to enable this to happen.
The quiet man might soon break his silence.

 

David Crichton Henry , April 2015.

Part of the team have been training in Eastern Greenland during the Easter Holidays.
See the photos on the Galllery pages. Other Photos are on the Team Dropbox files.

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