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Celebrating a successful crossing. Credit: Jo Stewart/Shackleton Epic

Final leg of Shackleton Epic underway

Posted on: 08.02.13 (Last edited) 8 February 2013

It’s true – a picture does tell a thousand words. The images below, taken in recent days, show the reality of the journey the crew of the Shackleton Epic are currently enduring.

Today, in wet, overcast conditions, with howling 30 knot winds from the south west, expedition leader Tim Jarvis and mountaineer Barry Gray set out wearing traditional clothing, and carrying only some food, a length of rope and a carpenter’s adze to re-enact Shackleton’s crossing the South Georgia’s mountainous, crevassed interior.

Jo Stewart stowed away to document the voyage, and as Shackleton Epic’s Conservation Partner we are lucky enough to share some of her images. Here Jo captures the priceless last few moments as the crew complete the crossing and finally walk on dry land in South Georgia, celebrating the successful completion of the first leg of this truly epic voyage.

Alexandra Shackleton approaches Peggotty Bluff, South Georgia Island in the final moments of the Southern Ocean Crossing. Credit: Jo Stewart/Shackleton Epic

Alexandra Shackleton approaches Peggotty Bluff, South Georgia Island in the final moments of the Southern Ocean Crossing. Credit: Jo Stewart/Shackleton Epic

The crew of the Shackleton Epic land the Alexandra Shackleton at Peggotty Bluff, South Georgia. Credit: Jo Stewart/Shackleton Epic

The crew of the Shackleton Epic land the Alexandra Shackleton at Peggotty Bluff, South Georgia. Credit: Jo Stewart/Shackleton Epic

Finally onshore, the crew cheer the successful completion of the first leg of their historic re-enactment. Credit: Jo Stewart/Shackleton Epic

Finally onshore, the crew cheer the successful completion of the first leg of their historic re-enactment. Credit: Jo Stewart/Shackleton Epic

A well earned group hug - the crew of the Alexandra Shackleton embrace on dry land. Credit: Jo Stewart/Shackleton Epic

A well earned group hug - the crew of the Alexandra Shackleton embrace on dry land. Credit: Jo Stewart/Shackleton Epic

Shackleton Epic cameraman Ed Wardle lies on the ground at South Georgia after the 800nm Southern Ocean crossing. Credit: Jo Stewart/Shackleton Epic

Shackleton Epic cameraman Ed Wardle lies on the ground at South Georgia after the 800nm Southern Ocean crossing. Credit: Jo Stewart/Shackleton Epic

FFI will continue to provide Shackleton Epic updates as the expedition progresses, and readers can also track the progress of the Alexandra Shackleton in real time at www.shackletonepic.com.

Learn more about Ernest Shackleton’s original voyage, and find out how FFI is involved with the Shackleton Epic centenary re-enactment.

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Ally Catterick

Ally worked in media management and PR for clients including comedians Eddie Izzard and Ed Byrne before becoming Publicity Manager for the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Strategy and communications for conservation organisation Greening Australia and her role as Unit and Company Publicist for production company Roving Enterprises followed, until she was introduced to FFI upon their arrival in Australia in 2008. Ally became a founding board member – until moving to the UK to become the organisation's Communications Manager. Ally is now FFI's Deputy Director of Communications and oversees all communications for FFI globally.

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