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Henry Worsley was a superior adventurer, a Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army, with his book In Shackleton’s Footsteps: A Return to the Heart of the Antarctic a captivating author and change maker. Being a descendant of Frank Worsley, the skipper and captain of the Endurance, he undertook an extraordinary expedition to follow in the footsteps of his forbears to the heart of the Antarctic. Apart from this he helped set up The Shackleton Foundation which aims to support people who embody the leadership style and spirit of Ernest Shackleton. – On 13 November 2015, Henry undertook a feat of endurance no person has yet achieved: a solo, unassisted crossing of Antarctica. His sledge contained 80 days’ worth of food, fuel and survival gear, and weighed more than 150kg – nearly double the weight of his slim but muscled frame. His body had been hardened by months of focused training, and his mind was sharpened by years of experience. After being flown to Punta Arenas, Chile, where he was found to have bacterial peritonitis – an infection in the abdomen that often presents in patients with liver damage. He soon lapsed into complete organ failure and passed away on 24 January. He will always be remembered.
Henry Adams, Henry Worsley and Will Gow at the South Pole in 2009.
Henry’s Book Recommendations
· The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
· Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
· Blind Flight: An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan
· Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival by Joe Simpson
· ‘Even in the depth of winter there was within me an invincible summer.’ by Albert Camus
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