What did you think the first time you met Shackleton?
I remember the day I first met Earnest. To understand him fully, it is necessary to take a closer look at his exploration background. It is widely recognized that he sailed with Captain Scott. This might make some think that he was similar to Scott. This is not the case. Shackleton was a great leader and proved himself capable of inspiring 27 other men to survive the harshest of circumstances. I remember clearly the day that we learned that we were trapped and that the Endurance was doomed to be crushed by the ice. Shackleton simply explained that we had found our home for the winter. He never seemed disappointed, discouraged or afraid. He was ever the optimist. This clearly illustrates that he was a lover of adventure - like me - and the very man to save us from certain death.