Shackleton Centenary Expedition

Training Timeline September 15 2006


If we are to successfully complete Shackleton's journey, we've got over seven hundred and fifty miles of Polar ice to go, manhauling sleds in some of the most severe temperatures on the planet. Fitness and cold-weather training is therefore of paramount importance. This is a brief rundown of where we've been, and what we have yet to achieve.

Mar 2004
Team leader Will Gow attends a two-week polar training camp on Baffin Island, instructed by Paul Landry and Matty McNair, two of the world's most highly accomplished polar explorers

Feb 2005
Will and Henry complete the 3rd Yukon Arctic Ultra in a highly respectable seven days: a gruelling 300 mile non-stop manhauling race, following the famous Yukon Quest trail

Jun 2005
The whole team have their first fitness assessment at the Olympic Medical Institute

Oct 2005
Team training weekend in Wales: crevasse rescue and associated ropework with Ross Ash-Creighan

Dec 2005
Fitness reassessment at the Olympic Medical Institute and individual skiing exercises in Europe

Mar 2006
Winter mountaineering training in Scotland with Ross Ash-Creighan

May 2006
Back to Baffin: Polar training exercise under the instruction of Matty McNair

July 2006
Glacier travel training and skiing in the Stubai Alps

May 2007
We intend an unsupported crossing of Greenland.

Recent Entries from this category

Expedition Progress Bulletins

To sign up to receive daily emails about the Matrix Shackleton Centenary Expedition's progress please click here.


Shackleton Foundation BrochureGet a capsule view of who we are, where we're going and why we're doing this by reading our brochure.

View our brochure PDF Icon (PDF 2.5mb)

The Shackleton Foundation

Sir Ernest Shackleton is widely known as one of the most inspirational leaders of the twentieth century. The Shackleton Foundation is a new charitable trust.

Matrix Group

Matrix Group are proud to be the Headline Sponsors of the Shackleton Centenary Expedition


The South Pole Gazette

South Pole Gazette

The South Pole Gazette is a round-up of Antarctic news stories from around the web.

Open the Gazette in a new window


Find more about the Matrix Shackleton Centenary Expedition elsewhere on the web:

Contact & RSS

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with the SCE if you have any questions regarding our project, or if you would like to know more about how you can become a sponsor.

The Shackleton Centenary Expedition,
c/o The Lansdowne Club,
9 Fitzmaurice Place,

Email us at

For press enquiries, please contact Mark Cooper at Van Communications,

RSS Feeds

RSS feeds are a way of keeping up to date with your favourite websites by delivering fresh content to your desktop.

The SCE is a not-for-profit venture of the Shackleton Foundation.
All rights reserved © 2006 The Shackleton Centenary Expedition [SCE] except where noted.
Company No. 06107694, Charity No. 1118686.
The Shackleton Centenary Expedition, c/o The Lansdowne Club, 9 Fitzmaurice Place, London W1J 5JD

"Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all." - EHS 1909

Site by Erskine Design Back to top