In October and November 1999, NOVA journeyed into ice-choked Antarctic waters and onto the shores
of rugged Elephant and South Georgia Islands as we followed in the footsteps of
Sir Ernest Shackleton. This legendary explorer's 1914-1916 Endurance expedition is one of the greatest survival stories of all time. Then, in April 2000, we returned to document Shackleton's final trial—the crossing of South Georgia—by three of the world's most distinguished mountaineers, Reinhold Messner, Conrad Anker and Stephen Venables.
Follow the expeditions as they unfolded in real-time on this Web site, and also watch for a NOVA Giant Screen Film
Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure,
as well as a NOVA program, "Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance," which originally aired on March 26, 2002.
Seized in the grip of the Weddell Sea pack ice, the Endurance
enters her seventh month of captivity in August 1915. (Photo: Frank Hurley.
Courtesy of The Macklin Collection)