In 1908-09 Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition got to within ninety-seven miles of the South Pole before being forced to turn around in the face of certain death from starvation.
In October 2008, descendants of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s original band of Antarctic explorers mounted an expedition to celebrate the centenary of the Nimrod Expedition. They succeeded in reaching the South Pole in January 2009, covering some 920 miles in the process, and in so doing, completed unfinished family business on behalf of their forebears.
This expedition was The Shackleton Foundation’s first major fundraising event, and was mounted to raise awareness of the Foundation.
To learn more about the Shackleton Centenary Expedition please visit the expedition website.