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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
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
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
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.