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The Shackleton Challenge - Inspired by Adventure

The Shackleton Challenge - Inspired by Adventure

Last week, professional adventurer and mountaineer, Jon Muir, was interviewed at the first ever virtual Shackleton Society. He spoke about some of his adventures and provided insightful advice for those thinking of planning a trip.

Mr Muir has climbed Everest, Mont Blanc and other classic mountains, however he told us that eventually the novelty of these climbs wears off. This desire for new and challenging adventures led to him making the first solo and unsupported crossing of the Australian continent, keen to do something he had never done before. He was self-sufficient and made no contact with the outside world. It allowed him to revel in solitude and it was one of his most iconic and memorable expeditions.

Mr Muir highlighted the importance of a good sense of humour and a sense of perspective when embarking on an adventure, explaining that it helps you to keep going. His solo traverse of Australia was 128 days long and he neither met nor spoke to anyone during that period. Without a sense of humour, he admitted, he wouldn’t have finished. He described not only the physical strain of the journey, but also the mental strain towards the end, after his only companion, his Jack Russel, tragically passed away.

The virtual audience were intrigued to hear about Mr Muir’s views on the natural world, which he considers central to his understanding of himself, rather than the ‘artificial’ world which has been shaped by human desires and consumerism

Gabriel Daudy PEPW

During lockdown the Shackleton Society has been raising money for the charity SafeLives, inspired by the adventures of Ernest Shackleton. Secretary Rohan Rastogi writes

In 1916 Ernest Shackleton and his crew rowed 1,330 km in 16 days from Antarctica to the South Georgia Islands in a desperate but incredible feat of survival. Eight members of the Shackleton Society are attempting to recreate this adventure in lockdown, by cumulatively running a total of 1,330 km in 16 days in the ‘Shackleton Challenge’. We are raising money for SafeLives, which is dedicated to providing support for victims of domestic violence during the ongoing lockdown. The ability of SafeLives to raise awareness and funds has been significantly hampered by the outbreak of COVID-19, and the rates of domestic violence have only increased sincelockdown began. To record our progress, we have all signed up to the running app Strava, and have connected this to our JustGiving page here


DATE POSTED: 17 June 2020
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