Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Struggle Against Antarctica by Hal Marcovitz

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He and his men are trapped in a blizzard and die from exposure and starvation while returning to their base camp. 1915 On January 19, Shackleton returns to Antarctica a third time; his ship Endurance becomes mired in ice, and is crushed October 27. 58 1916 On April 15, sails to Elephant Island with crew from Endurance aboard three lifeboats; on April 24, sets out for South Georgia in the open lifeboat James Caird with five others, arriving May 10. 1921 Travels aboard the Quest on his fourth trip to Antarctica in September.

Unknown to the explorers, the food they had brought for the dogs had spoiled on board the Discovery. The dogs refused to eat the food, and as the trek continued the animals grew weak and many died. To feed the surviving dogs, the men butchered the corpses of the dead dogs for meat. On November 25, Scott and his men crossed the 29 30 Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Struggle Against Antarctica 80th parallel. “We cannot stop, we cannot go back and there is no alternative but to harden our hearts and drive,” Scott wrote.

Now his gums were swollen. Dr. Wilson was also battling illness. On December 26, snow blindness was making it almost impossible for the doctor to see. A day later, he had to march blindfolded as Shackleton and Scott directed him step by step. All three men were hungry. Provisions were running low, so the men had to endure the trek with very little food. “Hunger is gripping us very tightly,” wrote Scott. On December 31, they reached the base of a 3,000-foot mountain that Scott named Mount Albert Markham, in honor of Scott’s old captain aboard the Rover.

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