A crew of six men, led by explorer Tim Jarvis, is attemptING to follow in Shackleton's wake. Using exactly the same equipment and clothing used a century before, Jarvis and his crew take themselves beyond the point of no-return. Using their first-hand extreme experience measured against historical accounts and contemporary scientific, meteorological and medical analysis, they unlock the secrets of Shackleton's survival, measure themselves against his heroic feat -- or die in the process.
Chasing Shackleton Previous Broadcasts
KQED Life: Tue, Dec 20, 2016 -- 9:00 PM
Following the successful sea crossing from Elephant Island, Tim Jarvis must now traverse the mountains of South Georgia to complete his re-enactment of Shackleton's 'double'. But injury, illness and bad weather are against him -- the carefully picked team of eight shrinks to just three, leaving Tim, Royal Marine Baz Gray and sailor Paul Larsen to finish the job. Racing through a narrow weather window, and without a proper support team, they battle high winds, bad visibility, deadly crevasse fields and impossible climbs - even reliving Shackleton's famous glissade down the Tridents -- to finally reach their goal Stromness, and walk in to a hero's welcome.
- KQED Life: Wed, Dec 21, 2016 -- 3:00 AM
KQED Life: Tue, Dec 13, 2016 -- 9:00 PM
Battered by storms and blinded by thick fog, world record speed sailor and renowned racing skipper Paul Larsen attempts to navigate the notorious Southern Ocean using only a sextant and compass. And extreme filmmaker Ed Wardle risks all to pick up where Shackleton's cameraman left off and record for the first time, how Shackleton and his men managed to survive against all the odds.
- KQED Life: Wed, Dec 14, 2016 -- 3:00 AM
KQED Life: Tue, Dec 6, 2016 -- 9:00 PM
Veteran polar explorer, Tim Jarvis, is on a mission to discover exactly what happened on the most famous survival story in expedition history - Sir Ernest Shackleton's 800 nautical mile boat journey across the Southern Ocean and deadly mountain crossing of South Georgia. He's recruited five of the world's toughest explorers to wear 1914 clothes, eat basic rations and sail in a perfect replica of the tiny wooden boat Shackleton travelled in. They launch from Elephant Island but are hit by a fierce storm. As the crew battle freezing temperatures, a leaking boat and sea-sickness they lose all contact with their tracking vessel and suddenly find themselves in their worst nightmare: lost at sea.
- KQED Life: Wed, Dec 7, 2016 -- 3:00 AM