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The exhausted party on the beach at Cape Valentine, Elephant Island, Aug. 15, 1916. This was the men’s first experience of dry land in nearly 500 days, after an exhausting six-day boat journey. Shackleton recorded the near-hysterical reactions of the men: 'They were laughing uproariously, picking up stones and letting handfuls of pebbles trickle through their fingers like misers gloating over hoarded gold'.

Frank Hurley - The exhausted party on the beach at Cape Valentine, Elephant Island

Jan. 15, 1909: Shackleton’s Party Reaches the South Magnetic Pole  On this day in 1909, members of Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition party discovered the south magnetic pole. Shackleton, who had divided up the team, failed to reach the South Pole. Upon his return, Shackleton was still hailed as a hero for his grueling and groundbreaking expedition.

Irish explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and two members of his expedition team beside a Union Jack within 111 miles of the South Pole, a record feat.

During Ernest Shackleton’s first expedition to Antarctica from 1901-1903, he and his crew...

Implements of Winter (Hand) Survival. (A Continuous Lean.)

Frank Hurley Sir Ernest Shackleton arrives at Elephant Island to take off marooned men 30 August 1916 © 2011 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Grønlandsekspedisjonens members before their departure. Front from left: Fridtjof Nansen, Oluf Christian Dietrichson, Behind from left: Ole (Nielsen) Ravna, Otto Neumann Sverdrup Knoph, Kristian Kristiansen (Trana), Samuel (Johansen) Balto. Oslo, 1888 (National Library of Norway)

First crossing of Greenland. The expedition members before departure, in Oslo. Nansen is in front, on the left.

Frank Hurley, photographer and adventurer, on skis...

Frank Hurley, photographer and adventurer, on skis in Antarctica. I’m not sure if this is from the Shackleton expedition or the Mawson expedition.

Roald Amundsen's and crew

Scott at the South Pole. Photograph shows expedition members Edward A. Wilson, Robert F. Scott, Edgar Evans, Lawrence Oates, and Henry Robertson Bowers at the South Pole standing in front of Roald Amundsen's tent.

The castaways adrift on the sea ice, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Wild are standing together at the left of the picture - Ocean Camp, Weddell Sea during the 'Endurance' 1914 - 1916 expedition to the Antarctic led by Shackleton.

The castaways adrift on the sea ice, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Wild are standing together at the left of the picture - Ocean Camp, Weddell Sea during the 'Endurance' 1914 - 1916 expedition to the Antarctic led by Shackleton.

Isak Dinesen and Denys Finch Hatton | Simply Streep - Specials - Karen Blixen

Martin and Osa Johnson on the Serengeti Plains, in the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum

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