I believe …

How it all started

The Idea

In 1913, Shackleton, looking for suitable men for the crew of his expedition to cross the Antarctic, advertised in the London „Times“:

„Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honour and recognition in case of success.“

Despite this honest and unembellished perspective, the number of applicants (5,000) far exceeded that of the required crew (56 on two ships).

However, the expedition failed before it even began: Shackleton‘s ship, the Endurance, was trapped in the ice and sank, but the „Boss“, as his men respectfully called him, with one of the most incredible rescue operations in polar history made sure that all of them returned alive.

In our case, the prospects are not nearly as dangerous:
We are traveling in the Antarctic summer and for sure it will take less than two years before we return. But we also want to sail into the rough waters of the Southern Ocean and we will follow the tracks and footsteps of Shackleton – on the occasion of his 150th birthday, 110 years after him and the brave Endurance crew.
We want to cross the infamous Drake Passage and sail through the furious 50s and screaming 60s on the stormiest of all oceans.

We will explore the grandiose ice and glacier world of the Antarctic Peninsula, set foot on the seventh continent and marvel at its incomparable wildlife.
We want to direct our course – if allowed by the ice conditions – into the Weddell Sea with its iceberg giants, anchor at the volcanic islands of the South Shetland Islands and – following the James Caird with Shackleton, Worsley & Co – set our sails for the passage from Elephant Island to South Georgia.

There we want to trace their tracks and those of the old whaling
stations, as well as discover the unique biodiversity of this sub-
Antarctic island.

To finally finish our journey – rich in adventures and experiences –
at Stanley on the Falkland Islands.

Why ? And why exactly this trip ? – The Background Story (spring 2022)