From Ashley's list on the coldest place on earth.
Antarctic explorer Raymond Priestly famously said, “For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel, give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.” After reading South, Shackleton’s own account of his disastrous attempt to cross the Antarctic continent, you’ll understand why Priestly would choose this brawny, charismatic adventurer over all others. Published in 1919, South is a chronicle of the events that unfolded on board, and then off-board, the Endurance between 1915-1917. Trapped by pack ice in the Weddell Sea, the 28-man crew had to abandon the ship after it was crushed and subsequently sank.
What follows are a series of events that strains credulity. From soccer games played on drifting ice floes and tragic deaths in service to the survival of others to one of the most iconic adventures of all time—Shackleton’s…