Shackleton and crew reach southernmost point of Nimrod expedition

Happened: 1909-01-09


On 4 January 1909, Shackleton finally accepted that the Pole was beyond them, and revised his goal to the symbolic achievement of getting within 100 geographical miles of the Pole. The party struggled on, at the borders of survival, until on 9 January 1909, after a last dash forward without the sledge or other equipment, the march ended. "We have shot our bolt", wrote Shackleton, "and the tale is 88° 23' S". They were 97.5 geographical miles from the South Pole. The British flag was duly planted, and Shackleton named the polar plateau after King Edward VII.


TitlePublication DateDescriptionLink
Nimrod Expedition (webpage from Wikipedia) A starred article about the expedition. Link


NameBegin DateEnd DateStart Head CountEnd Head Count
Nimrod Expedition 1907 1909


Antarctic Plate


NameDate of BirthDate of DeathShort Biography
Sir Ernest Shackleton 18741922a polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic, and one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.