A Doomed Antarctic Expedition from 2015

Henry Worsley, inspired by his ancestor Frank Worsley, who was captain of Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance, went to Antarctica to hike across the continent. It wasn’t Worsley’s only Antarctic adventure. He first recreated Shackleton’s 1907-09 Nimrod Expedition, when he came close to the South Pole, then Roald Amundsen’s successful expedition to the South Pole. In 2015, Worsley’s goal was to hike across Antarctica solo, without any vehicle and with no airdropped supplies. But before we get to this difficult expedition, Weird History gives us the short version of the entire history of Antarctic exploration. About half way through, we get into Henry Worsley and his solo hike. It did not turn out well.

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This solo feat only became plausible once the road, or maybe it’s better called a path, from McMurdo to the South Pole was completed in 2007. Since Worsley’s attempt, both Colin O’Brady and Louis Rudd completed the same route alone on skis in 2018.

Source: neatorama

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