Magazine article Geographical

Adventures for All. (Geographical Expedition Special)

Magazine article Geographical

Adventures for All. (Geographical Expedition Special)

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When Ernest Shackleton recruited for his expedition of 1914, the story goes that he was brutally honest about the hardships his men might face. His advertisement was supposed to have read: "Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success."

Shackleton's rescue of his crew, and the death of Scott and his team on their return from the South Pole, are two of the most famous episodes from the so-called Heroic Age of Exploration. These tales have influenced public perception of the qualities required to be an `explorer'.

Those looking for adventure will not be disappointed by Geographical's expedition supplement. Peter Hutchison reveals how he attempted to trace the course of the River Parapeti in Bolivia. If we need a reminder that the world has changed since brave Victorians battled with the unknown, Phil Coates' article gives advice on how to share an expedition with a wider audience through television and the internet. …

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