Exploring the limits of survival throughout an attempt to cross antarctica in endurance by ernest sh

In an endeavor that relies on mental fortitude to boost physical performance, how can one objectively determine their own breaking point?

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But sore arms and sore chest in the bargain, I think. And exactly when to put the boats in the water—if you put them in too early, into a lead, then the ice just closes right up and crushes the boats, and you'd be in big trouble.

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Shackleton had abandoned thoughts of taking the party on the less dangerous journey to Deception Island[79] because of the poor physical condition of many of his party.

Shackleton named it Caird Coastafter his principal backer.

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Why The Towers Fell. He tells the story without hyperbole or excess melodrama and lets the reality of the tale provide all of the drama and tension. If Chippy didn't like it, Chippy would tell you. It's moving apart and together very rapidly with the waves as they penetrate the ice. He simply adapted to the new situation, and he realized, "if the one goal had disappeared, we'll have another one. As the polar winter approached pack ice encircled the island. Throughout the hellish ordeal endured by these men, the two things that struck me more than anything else were: 1 the unfailing sense of good will and camaraderie that persisted between the men and 2 that NO ONE DIED. Within days she entered the notoriously stormy waters of the Southern Ocean. Some of the rigging was falling on deck. High peaks, impassable cliffs, steep snow-slopes, and sharply descending glaciers were prominent features in all directions. He was then nearer to depression than I'd ever known him.

He had this. The next day the lead of open water froze over.

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Scott dismissed him as "our invalid," and sent him home to England. Respectful, sad and necessary. Alexander Macklin and surgeon James McIlroy were compelled to take action. No man had ever penetrated a mile from the coast of South Georgia. As you are embarking on a unique trip where you will spend most of the time in Antarctic waters, you will discover a whole new world, where you will need to go back to your old dictionary or research on the net for those with better internet skills to find the meaning of words like zodiac, Drake, Dramamine, krill, breach, fluke, and you are also going to find that there is a specific name with an explanation for every place you land on the White Continent. Honour and recognition in case of success. Shackleton doubted the men could hold out much longer. This time, as Shackleton records, providence favoured them. On instructions from Shackleton, McNish immediately set about adapting the James Caird, improvising tools and materials. Shackleton tried to avoid direct hits, scanning the horizon for patches of open water. Shackleton's intention now was to march the crew westward, to one or other of several possible destinations. And his orders were to keep the men alive.

They needed to come off straightaway. The skill was Worsley's, this brilliant navigator, this wonderful small boat handler. He wrote once to my grandmother, "I'm not much good at anything else but being an explorer. For everything Worsley accomplished during his life, his death will inevitably raise questions about risk and safety in modern exploration.

Demoralized and exhausted, he was losing faith that Shackleton knew how to save them.

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South: The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition by Ernest Shackleton