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Topic: Comparing the expeditions of Shackleton’s Team andWorsley

Specific Purpose: To compare the voyages of ErnestShackleton’s team and Henry Worsley

Attention material: Henry Worsley died in January 2016in his attempt to succeed in a solo trans-Atlantic crossing tocommemorate of Ernest Shackleton.

Thesis statement: This essay discusses the similarities anddifferences between the two journeys, the environmental conditions,and the possible causes of death of Henry Worsley.

Preview: We need to consider the environmental conditionsduring the expeditions, the present and past survival changes, andthe tour impacts.

(Transition: “The Environmental Conditions and the PlannedExpedition Route”)


  1. The journey start

  1. Henry reached his beginning point at the Berkner Island on November 13, 2015 (The UK. 2016).

  2. The journey was expected to cut through the Transantarctic Mountains.

  1. Endeavor Funds

  1. Henry attempted to raise the Endeavor Funds, which was planned to be in the form of an assisted and unsupported ability to cross the Antarctic mass solo.

  2. It was an honor and delight for him to have succeeded in raising £100,000 towards the endeavor fund.

(Transition: “Comparing the Past and Current SurvivalChallenges”)

  1. Difference in the challenges experienced

  1. The diversities in the situations can be attributed to the period of the two expeditions.

  2. One similarity between the two escapades was that both heroes made a brave decision to walk through the difficult weather conditions.

  3. The main similarity between the two journeys lies is the fact that they were both not supported and unassisted (Murphy, 2015).

(Transition: “Impact of the Differences between the twomen”)

  1. Differences in various factors affected the success rate of the two men in different ways

  1. The complete lack of route knowledge made it difficult for Shackleton to reach his estimation.

  2. Unlike his counterpart who was interested in the exploration of the Antarctic and achieving an individual target, Henry was working towards honoring the efforts of his longtime hero (Homer, 2016).

  3. Although both Henry and Shackleton underwent similar conditions in their journey, Henry was able to complete it.


Henry Worsley and Ernest Shackleton attempted to cross the Antarcticwithout any support (Lansing, 2013). However, since most of theseexpeditions are challenging and they are packed with harshconditions, they are not able to endure the effects of thesituations.


Homer, J. (2016). Henry Worsley and the psychology of endurance inlife or death situations.The Guardian, January, 26.

(It narrated the story of Henry Worsely, British polar explorer, whoattempted to cross of Antarctica. The article summarizes how Henryhad to go through hardship and challenging weather conditions just totransverse the polar region of Antarctica. The article tries to raisethe awareness about the safety and risk in modern exploration.Becoming a great explorer is admirable but how far should one enduretough conditions before seeking help? The article states that eventhough it is good to endure any situation as much as one can, it isgood to seek for help if the situation becomes very unbearable.)

Lansing, A. (2013). Endurance: Shackleton`s Incredible Voyage.New York: Basic Books.

(The book narrates the story of polar explorers under the leadershipof Sir Ernest Shackleton, who were on a mission of crossing thecontinent of Antarctic in 1914 but without success. It highlights thestruggles the twenty-eight man crew had to undergo for two years justto survive the challenging weather conditions in Antarctic Ocean.)

Murphy, B. (2015). Henry Worsley, British explorer attempting solocrossing of Antarctica. TheWashington Post, January 25.

(The article reports the death of a British explorer who tried tocross Antarctica. He called for help after covering over 900 milesand was air lifted to safety but it is unfortunate because hiscondition had deteriorated. He died from a liver infection caused bybacteria)

Shackleton, H. E., &amp Hurley, F. (2012). South: the Enduranceexpedition to Antarctica.Melbourne: Text.

(The author turn his own tragic story in a triumph. The author coversfully the expedition from the inception, through endurance loss, themen stuck on isolated elephant island, the journey of the majesticsmall-boat in rescue search, several attempts to evacuate thestranded men from elephant Island, as well as the unknown narrativeof Ross sea party of voyage, who erected a base on the opposite partof Antarctic to lay depots for the proposed crossing of theAntarctic. Despite the atrocious deprivation due to their ship beingdestroyed by a storm, succeeded to accomplish all their work, settingthe ground for a trip that did not occur. Shackleton rescued hisfriends in Elephant Island and went on to rescue this party too.)

The UK. (2016). Explorer Henry Worsley dies attempting Antarcticcrossing. BBC News, 25thJanuary.

(The article talks about the death of Henry Worsley, a Britishexplorer. Henry died from a deadly infection he acquired during hisunaided expedition across Antarctica. The story reveal that Heny, anex-soldier was rescued 30 miles away from his destination. Ithighlights the biography of Henry Worsley).

Worsley, H. (2011). In Shackleton`s Footsteps: A Return to theHeart of the Antarctic. New York: Ebury Publishing.

(On October 29, 1908, a group of four men under the captainship ofErnest Shackleton, went on a voyage to cross the Antarctic. Theirmission was in wrecks after three months and could have died if theyhave decided to proceed. Just about 97 miles to destination (SouthPole), they turned back. In 2008, a century later, Henry Worsleydecided to follow the suit by retracing the 870-mile route and wasdetermined to complete the left 97 miles. The book give an account ofthe original expedition and the causes of its failure, whilecapturing painstaking planning, training and fundraising for newvoyage.)

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