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Ernest Shackleton & The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition
Over a year and a half adrift Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition became the legendary. The “Endurance” crew sailed from the port of South Georgia’s Islands, on December 5th, 1914, with the objective to cross the continent for the first time. After many difficulties the “Endurance” trapped in the ice and sank on November 21th, 1915. Finally, the expedition reached Elephant Island in a small lifeboat and rescued on August 30th, 1916.
Who was the first to climb the Everest?
In 1924, two British mountaineers, George Herbert Leigh Mallory and Andrew Irvine, prepared to ascend to the top of Everest. A few meters from the top, they disappeared, and never knowing if they reached the highest point of the mountain. In 1999, an American expedition led by Eric Simonson for a television network found Mallory’s body -to 8.155 meters- with a broken leg and a serious injury to the skull. It is believed that these injuries were caused by a fall while he was descending. If so, Mallory and Irvine would be the first to climbed at the top of the Everest, 29 years before Edmund Hillary, the first man who reaches the top of Everest officially.
Do you think they got to the top?
In 1895 the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen lied about his arrival; the adventure of Robert E. Peary in 1909 wasn’t credible. So, officially, the North Pole was first reached by Umberto Nobile, Roald Amundsen, Lincoln Ellsworth, and 13 others, on May 11th, 1926 with the airship “Norge”.