Sunday, December 9, 2012

Section 2

Part II details how the crew abandon Endurance, salvage stores from her, train the dogs for sledging, repair the boats for a possible ocean voyage, and establish and abandon their first long-term camp upon the ice.
After abandoning ship, the men encamped on a large ice floe nearby. . The sledges, dog teams, and three boats are salvaged as is a considerable store of food. The initial plan is to proceed 350 miles northwest to Paulet Island where a known store of food and supplies has been cached previously. To this end, Shackleton insists that all nonessential supplies be abandoned. Essentially, they had to throw some of the supplies away for the ship not to sink and also ended up seal blubber. For them to do that alone, make me feel like they are prepared for whatever is next.