Thursday, January 9, 2014
Me and Shackleton
But obsessed I am -- Have read many books, watched many specials, thought about this crazy amazing journey A LOT. Interestingly, many of the men returned home only to join the British army in WW I and go to war and die. Which feels the cruelest of ironies.
Watched part 1 of a new special last night on PBS called Chasing Shackleton. Basically, a group of guys have recreated the ENTIRE voyage. And obviously there are some safety backups-- like a ship watching out for them-- but they are doing this with same rations, clothing, etc. Crazy talk, I tell you!
Here's the link to a preview:
And here's a link to a tribute about the Endurance dogs:
I'll definitely be watching parts 2 and 3. It's not the strongest of the specials I've seen, but it's fascinating none the less.
And I'm still obsessing over what it takes for a human being to determine to do something like this and follow through.