Posted by: csdailyblog | April 14, 2010

History Students Endure a Reenactment of Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

Gabe, Jake, Ayla, Mariah, and Teagan listen as Emily reads a selection from Shackleton's Incredible Journey.

The History of Wilderness Exploration class took an experiential Ernest Shackleton journey on Little Donahue Lake. The class has been reading the book Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The small boat journey was done to recreate the lifeboat voyage the men took once they left their ice floe camp and made for Elephant Island. It took Shackleton’s men five treacherous days of battling rough seas, freezing spray, and howling winds before the men finally made landfall on Elephant Island. Our short journey had the class battling strong winds and snow as the students read excerpts from the book to one another. I think our class had more opportunities for laughs on our little adventure than Shackleton and his crew.

Post and photos by Michael Salat, Conserve School History Teacher

Emily, Ayla, Gabe, and Teagan enjoy the afternoon on the lake despite the cold and snow.


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