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Modern explorer to retrace Shackleton voyage

British-Australian adventurer Tim Jarvis expects next month's Shackleton Epic, an attempt to be the first in history to successfully emulate Sir Ernest Shackleton's legendary adventure, will be his most challenging and dangerous journey yet.

On an ill-fated attempt to reach the South Pole in 1914, Shackleton's boat, the Endurance, became trapped in the Antarctic ice and was eventually crushed and sank. His attempt to raise the alarm is considered by many to be one of the greatest journeys ever made.

Shackleton took a small party from his crew and rowed 800 miles on the lifeboat James Caird from Elephant Island to South Georgia, where they knew they could get help from a whaling station. Because of his navigational expertise and heroics, every member of the party survived the ordeal.

The modern attempt will be made in an exact replica of Shackleton's small wooden lifeboat, using only 1916 equipment and they will don the traditional gear that Shackleton and his men wore.

If something on the boat breaks, Jarvis said, "we just nail a new bit on."

Click here for the full report by the Sydney Morning Herald.

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