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CIRCLING SCHACKLETON

CIRCLING SCHACKLETON
Circling Schackleton : A story of Endurance, Passion and Survival

They say that at 40? latitude there is no law, but at 50? latitude there is no God. The Island of South Georgia is both lawless and Godless; there is no compassion and no room for error. A thousand miles West of Antarctica and a thousand miles East of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia is a lone frozen droplet in the middle of nowhere. At its most sublime time of year, the cursed island breaks world records with a hurricane-force wind reaching 110 miles an hour. Hazardous seas constantly batter the steep and rugged terrain and fearless animals gather in abundance and dominate the few accessible beaches. On January 222nd 2010 Vancouver Island based wilderness guide and expedition leader, Hayley Shephard set out to attempt the very first solo sea kayak expedition around the remote Sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia.However like Hayley?s hero ? Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Antarctic explorer who turned disaster into the most famous lesson in survival, her expedition did not go as planned....

Adventures only happen when things go wrong. During her open ocean crossing to South Georgia by sailboat, Hayley endured frequent Force 11 storms, a medical emergency at sea caused a deviation to the nearby Falkland Islands. Finally having reached South Georgia 3 weeks late, severe damage to her kayak caused further delays and once underway, ceaseless storms kept her beachbound for days. Quickly, it became clear that Hayley had run out of time. Although the circumnavigation of the island did not take place, Hayley embodied a similar persistent spirit as her hero, as she strived against all odds to fulfill her longlived dream.

Beyond Hayley?s personal adventure, there is a great urgency to this story: to save the albatross, the world?s largest flying bird are rapidly becoming endangered. Because they spend most of their lives at sea, frequently circumnavigating the entire globe, they are the most vulnerable to the longline fishing nets set by giant fishing vessels. South Georgia, while dangerous and forbidding, is also alive with abundant wildlife, hosting the densest mass of marine mammals on Earth and home to a number of albatross species. The island, epicenter to one of the worst marine mammal massacres in history, now teems with multitudes of wildlife at the scale the planet knew only before the invention of the spear. South Georgia has resurrected its natural world and found a way to save the albatross from extinction. South Georgia follows government mandated conservation measures such as fishing at night, weighting lines so they sink immediately on entering the water, deploying streamers, and discharging offal on the opposite side of the fishing vessel to the longline deployment. Bringing awareness to the devastating decline in albatross on the planet, and more importantly, sharing South Georgia?s solution to save the birds, is a mission that has become equally as important to Hayley as her need to explore. Over the last ten years of leading expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic, Hayley has witnessed the endurance of the albatross. Feeling a special connection to the lone flyer, Hayley will document her kindred spirits and share with the world how South Georgia?s solution can work anywhere.
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