PERSISTANCE AND PRESENCE
In the first part of this century, Sir Ernest Shakleford began his voyage to the Antarctic. It was his dream to cross the 2100 miles of wasteland by dogsled. He didn’t make it that far, however. On the way, his ship was stopped by an ice pack and sank. He and his men had to trudge over drifting ice-floes trying to reach the nearest land, nearly 200 miles away, and the nearest human outpost nearly 1200 miles away. They towed behind them a life boat weighing nearly one ton. When they finally reached waters clear enough of ice to navigate, they faced waves as high as 90 feet. Finally, they reached South Georgia Island, only to find they reached the wrong side. They then had to cross a 10,000 foot high mountain range that had never been crossed before. When they finally reached their destination almost seven months after they began their journey, they were so bedraggled their friends did not…
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