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Team braves wet, cold retracing Ernest Shackleton’s steps

  • In this Jan. 16, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, adventurers aboard their boat Alexander Shackleton train sailing in the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry "Baz" Gray used similar equipment and clothes to re-enact a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. They reached an old whaling station on remote South Georgia island Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 19 days after leaving Elephant Island. Just as Shackleton did in 1916, Jarvis and his team sailed 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia.  (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Ed Wardle)

    In this Jan. 16, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, adventurers aboard their boat Alexander Shackleton train sailing in the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry "Baz" Gray used similar equipment and clothes to re-enact a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. They reached an old whaling station on remote South Georgia island Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 19 days after leaving Elephant Island. Just as Shackleton did in 1916, Jarvis and his team sailed 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Ed Wardle)

  • In this Feb. 11, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, expedition leader Tim Jarvis poses on the deck of their boat Alexander Shackleton in the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Jarvis and Barry "Baz" Gray used similar equipment and clothes to re-enact a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. They reached an old whaling station on remote South Georgia island Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 19 days after leaving Elephant Island. Just as Shackleton did in 1916, Jarvis and his team sailed 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Alex Kumar)

    In this Feb. 11, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, expedition leader Tim Jarvis poses on the deck of their boat Alexander Shackleton in the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Jarvis and Barry "Baz" Gray used similar equipment and clothes to re-enact a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. They reached an old whaling station on remote South Georgia island Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 19 days after leaving Elephant Island. Just as Shackleton did in 1916, Jarvis and his team sailed 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Alex Kumar)

  • In this July, 13, 2012 photo released by Shackleton Epic, expedition members pull their boat ashore on Elephant Island during their training. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry "Baz" Gray used similar equipment and clothes to re-enact a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. They reached an old whaling station on remote South Georgia island Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 19 days after leaving Elephant Island. Just as Shackleton did in 1916, Jarvis and his team sailed 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Jo Stewart)

    In this July, 13, 2012 photo released by Shackleton Epic, expedition members pull their boat ashore on Elephant Island during their training. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry "Baz" Gray used similar equipment and clothes to re-enact a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. They reached an old whaling station on remote South Georgia island Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 19 days after leaving Elephant Island. Just as Shackleton did in 1916, Jarvis and his team sailed 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Jo Stewart)

  • In this Jan. 23, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, adventurers aboard their boat Alexander Shackleton cross the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry "Baz" Gray used similar equipment and clothes to re-enact a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. They reached an old whaling station on remote South Georgia island Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 19 days after leaving Elephant Island. Just as Shackleton did in 1916, Jarvis and his team sailed 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Si Wagen)

    In this Jan. 23, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, adventurers aboard their boat Alexander Shackleton cross the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry "Baz" Gray used similar equipment and clothes to re-enact a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. They reached an old whaling station on remote South Georgia island Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 19 days after leaving Elephant Island. Just as Shackleton did in 1916, Jarvis and his team sailed 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Si Wagen)

  • In this Jan. 8, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, expedition members and an unidentified supporter pose on the deck of their boat Alexander Shackleton during training in the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry Gray used similar equipment and clothes to a re-enacted a 1916 expedition of  led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. In honor of the epic journey the team sailed 800 nautical miles on the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia to complete the historic journey. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Alex Kumar)

    In this Jan. 8, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, expedition members and an unidentified supporter pose on the deck of their boat Alexander Shackleton during training in the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry Gray used similar equipment and clothes to a re-enacted a 1916 expedition of led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. In honor of the epic journey the team sailed 800 nautical miles on the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia to complete the historic journey. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Alex Kumar)

  • In this Feb. 7, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, the expedition crew on their boat Alexander Shackleton pass Point Wild on Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry Gray used similar equipment and clothes to a re-enacted a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. In honor of the epic journey the team sailed 800 nautical miles on the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia to complete the historic journey. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Jo Stewart)

    In this Feb. 7, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, the expedition crew on their boat Alexander Shackleton pass Point Wild on Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry Gray used similar equipment and clothes to a re-enacted a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. In honor of the epic journey the team sailed 800 nautical miles on the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia to complete the historic journey. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Jo Stewart)

  • In this Feb. 7, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, the expedition crew on their boat Alexander Shackleton pass Point Wild on Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry Gray used similar equipment and clothes to a re-enacted a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. In honor of the epic journey the team sailed 800 nautical miles on the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia to complete the historic journey. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Jo Stewart)

    In this Feb. 7, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, the expedition crew on their boat Alexander Shackleton pass Point Wild on Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry Gray used similar equipment and clothes to a re-enacted a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. In honor of the epic journey the team sailed 800 nautical miles on the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia to complete the historic journey. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Jo Stewart)

  • In this Jan. 23, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, adventurers aboard their boat Alexander Shackleton leave Elephant Island. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry "Baz" Gray used similar equipment and clothes to re-enact a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. They reached an old whaling station on remote South Georgia island Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 19 days after leaving Elephant Island. Just as Shackleton did in 1916, Jarvis and his team sailed 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Jo Stewart)

    In this Jan. 23, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, adventurers aboard their boat Alexander Shackleton leave Elephant Island. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry "Baz" Gray used similar equipment and clothes to re-enact a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. They reached an old whaling station on remote South Georgia island Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 19 days after leaving Elephant Island. Just as Shackleton did in 1916, Jarvis and his team sailed 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Jo Stewart)

  • In this Jan. 16, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, adventurers aboard their boat Alexander Shackleton train sailing in the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry "Baz" Gray used similar equipment and clothes to re-enact a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. They reached an old whaling station on remote South Georgia island Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 19 days after leaving Elephant Island. Just as Shackleton did in 1916, Jarvis and his team sailed 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia.  (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Ed Wardle)
  • In this Feb. 11, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, expedition leader Tim Jarvis poses on the deck of their boat Alexander Shackleton in the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Jarvis and Barry "Baz" Gray used similar equipment and clothes to re-enact a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. They reached an old whaling station on remote South Georgia island Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 19 days after leaving Elephant Island. Just as Shackleton did in 1916, Jarvis and his team sailed 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Alex Kumar)
  • In this July, 13, 2012 photo released by Shackleton Epic, expedition members pull their boat ashore on Elephant Island during their training. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry "Baz" Gray used similar equipment and clothes to re-enact a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. They reached an old whaling station on remote South Georgia island Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 19 days after leaving Elephant Island. Just as Shackleton did in 1916, Jarvis and his team sailed 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Jo Stewart)
  • In this Jan. 23, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, adventurers aboard their boat Alexander Shackleton cross the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry "Baz" Gray used similar equipment and clothes to re-enact a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. They reached an old whaling station on remote South Georgia island Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 19 days after leaving Elephant Island. Just as Shackleton did in 1916, Jarvis and his team sailed 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Si Wagen)
  • In this Jan. 8, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, expedition members and an unidentified supporter pose on the deck of their boat Alexander Shackleton during training in the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry Gray used similar equipment and clothes to a re-enacted a 1916 expedition of  led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. In honor of the epic journey the team sailed 800 nautical miles on the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia to complete the historic journey. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Alex Kumar)
  • In this Feb. 7, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, the expedition crew on their boat Alexander Shackleton pass Point Wild on Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry Gray used similar equipment and clothes to a re-enacted a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. In honor of the epic journey the team sailed 800 nautical miles on the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia to complete the historic journey. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Jo Stewart)
  • In this Feb. 7, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, the expedition crew on their boat Alexander Shackleton pass Point Wild on Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry Gray used similar equipment and clothes to a re-enacted a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. In honor of the epic journey the team sailed 800 nautical miles on the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia to complete the historic journey. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Jo Stewart)
  • In this Jan. 23, 2013 photo released by Shackleton Epic, adventurers aboard their boat Alexander Shackleton leave Elephant Island. A modern-day team of six led by Tim Jarvis and Barry "Baz" Gray used similar equipment and clothes to re-enact a 1916 expedition led by Ernest Shackleton to save his crew after their ship got stuck in Antarctica’s icy waters. They reached an old whaling station on remote South Georgia island Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 19 days after leaving Elephant Island. Just as Shackleton did in 1916, Jarvis and his team sailed 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia. (AP Photo/Shackleton Epic, Jo Stewart)

Nearly 100 years later, a group of British and Australian adventurers have discovered why. They re-enacted Ernest Shackleton’s journey to save his crew when their ship got stuck and sank in Antarctica’s icy waters.

Tim Jarvis and Barry “Baz” Gray reached an old whaling station on remote South Georgia island Monday, 19 days after leaving Elephant Island. Just as Shackleton did in 1916, Jarvis and his team sailed 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean in a small lifeboat and then climbed over crevasse-filled mountains in South Georgia.

The modern-day team of six used similar equipment and clothes. But the harsh conditions forced several of them to abandon their attempt along the way.

“It was epic, really epic, and we’ve arrived here against the odds,” Jarvis told his project manager Kim McKay after reaching the station.

McKay said Jarvis was suffering frostbite in his right foot after the journey. He planned Tuesday to hike to the grave site of Shackleton, who was buried on the island years after his journey.

Jarvis wasn’t the only one suffering foot problems. Three of the men couldn’t complete the climb after suffering the ailment trench foot, caused by prolonged exposure to cold and wet conditions.

“The boat was only 22½ feet long. At any one time, only four men could be below deck, while the other two had to be on deck. They had 26-foot waves crashing onto the boat,” McKay said.

Shackleton completed the climb without a tent. Jarvis and his team were planning to do the same but were forced to use modern-day tents and sleeping bags when a blizzard hit. One member of the team turned back and then later rejoined Jarvis and Gray with more provisions and wearing modern-day clothing.

Shackleton’s survival story was remarkable in that the final two legs of his journey came after the 28 crew had endured more than a year in Antarctica. Their ship “Endurance” was trapped and then crushed by the ice pack and the men later sailed in lifeboats to Elephant Island, where 22 of them stayed, waiting for help. After reaching the whaling station, Shackleton was able to raise the alarm and save all his crew.

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