Team to retrace Shackleton’s Antarctica trek

September 14th, 2011 - 9:52 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 14 (IANS) A team of adventurers is planning to recreate the epic journey of explorer Ernest Shackleton across Antarctica.

Jo Davies will become the first woman with a team of six to cross the Antarctic continent from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea via the South Pole.

Davies will lead the team alongside Sebastian Coulthard, Royal Naval Petty Officer from Bewdley, Worcestershire.

The expedition is likely to commence in the summer of 2014 — 100 years since Shackleton set out — and they are expecting to take 100 to 120 days to cross the polar continent, the Telegraph reported.

“The team is determined to complete the mission that Shackleton once set out to achieve,” said Davies. “The next three years are going to be incredibly busy for us with a great deal of planning, preparation and training to do.”

“I am excited to be involved in such an amazing project and very much hope to be the first woman to complete the trans-Antarctic crossing following Shackleton’s proposed route,” Davies said.

Davies and Coulthard are looking to recruit four more members for the exhibition. There are openings for a medic, a photographer/cameraman, an artist or poet and a scientist.

On Aug 1, 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton left London to start the last great polar journey of the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration. His aim was ambitious — to cross the Antarctic continent via the South Pole with a British flag.

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