Inspirational travellers – Ernest Shackleton

After Ana insisting forever that I should contribute to the blog with more than just comments and critics, I finally got around to do my first post. I really had very few ideas on what to write about but one that attracted me was to mention some of the inspirational travellers that I have read or know something about in the past.

To be honest, of course we did not embark on this adventure because of their examples. But they did have some very cool adventures that are worth reading about, just like we hope our trip will be to our followers!

I decided to start with one that has been chasing me in the last couple of years:

Ernest Shackleton

shackOne of my most favourite travellers ever! This guy was a visionary, a dreamer, a leader and had more courage (borderline madness) than any guy I have ever read about!

I first came to read his story in a MBA business case with the title: Leadership in Crisis: Ernest Shackleton and the Epic Voyage of the Endurance by Harvard Business Review. In sum, to give you a short overview, this guy was trying to be the first to get to the south pole. However, since he got beaten to it, he decided to take it up a notch and try to cross the entire Antarctica! Or like HBR put it: “Ernest Shackleton's 1914 Antarctic expedition, a compelling story of crisis, survival, and triumph”. If you are like me, you will love to read about how he set up the whole expedition, how he kept adjusting and pivoting, motivating his men and, in the end, how he found a unique way to success. I will not spoil the story to those who don’t know it, but let’s just say that everything went “south” even when he was trying to go back North!

Then, a few weeks after arriving in Dublin, while roaming in one of the local book shops (one of our favourite hobbies), I rediscovered the story in a top featured 464 pages book. Initially, I was oblivious to the fact that the guy was Irish, but after knowing, it all made sense why he was so resistant to cold weather! This book is currently in my “to read” list and I will probably get to it along our route to Patagonia, where the expedition actually departed from.

If you want a bit more about the story, I recently I found this page with actual pictures of the expedition that make even more vivid the whole story! If you just want some more facts about the guy, go wiki!
Hope you enjoyed my first post! Stay tuned for more crazy travellers I will write about when Ana forces me to.

 

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