Men wanted for hazardous journey.
Small wages. Bitter cold.
Long months of complete darkness.
Constant danger. Safe return doubtful.
Honor and recognition in case of success.
~ Ernest Shackleton
At the 2013 Winter Death Race, a roaming camera crew filmed racers reciting the alleged recruitment notice Sir Ernest Shackleton placed in the newspaper seeking crew members for his famous expedition across the South Pole. According to legend, no fewer than 5000 men replied to the advertisement.
In December 1914, Shackleton set sail aboard the Endurance with his 28-man crew. Their goal: the first transatlantic crossing of the Antarctic continent. The tale of this epic journey, the disaster that struck and the resilient spirit and resoluteness of Shackleton and his men is the stuff of legends. Shackleton himself returned to help rescue his men after leading the team that braved unimaginable conditions in the Antarctic to find help. And not one man was lost.
Shackleton’s determination and will to survive in the most extreme conditions was a reminder to Death Racers of the resiliency and fortitude of the human spirit.
Ruck On. Stay Muddy.