Monday, November 16, 2015

Chasing Shackleton (on DVD)

Chasing Shackleton [DVD 910.45 Cha] 

In 1914 an exploration team in Antarctica was shipwrecked. In a rescue mission to save his crew Shackleton and few other men set out from Antarctica to New S. Wales for help. The mission was a success. In this documentary, a modern day crew assembles to find out what it was like to tackle the same sea journey followed by a trek over mountains using only period gear. No modern navigation tools, no modern cooking equipment or clothes, even a replica boat just like Shackleton’s. For safety the boat was fitted with a GSP that an observer ship monitored and a there was a radio for emergencies. The adventure is spread out over 3 episodes. It was fascinating to watch them travel with such rudimentary equipment and still know where they were going. I won’t spoil any surprises because it feels like a real adventure is unfolding as you watch. I thoroughly enjoyed it and very highly recommend it. It’s a fabulous documentary but could be enjoyed as an action adventure survival movie.

[There is also a companion book to the DVD. The title is the same, Chasing Shackleton.] [Also available in Chasing Shackleton DVD on PBS web site ]

Recommended by Kristen A.
Gere Branch Library

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