The purpose of The Shackleton Award is to honour outstanding expedition achievements which inspire today's explorers to new expeditions into unknown territories or conditions.
The award will be presented annually to an expedition found to be "real and novel, unmotorized and within polar areas or conditions".
The first Shackleton Award was presented to Borge Ousland and Thorleif Thorleifsson for their world record voyage through climate change: 'The Northern Passage Expedition 2010'.
The award is a specially commissioned hand-crafted museum quality model of the James Caird lifeboat produced by Shackleton Legacy Ltd and presented by The Shackleton Award Committee at 'Expedition Finse' every year on the occasion of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s birthday.
The Shackleton Award commemorates the achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men who accompanied him: “His expeditions and leadership qualities have inspired generations, and continue to do so today,” stated the organizers.
The Shackleton Award Committee consists of world acclaimed international explorers and scientists:
BørgeOusland, Norway (www.ousland.com)
David Hempleman-Adams, United Kingdom (www.coldclimates.co.uk)
Victor Boyarsky, Russia (www.norploex.com)
Thomas Ulrich, Switzerland (www.thomasulrich.com)
Bjørn Basberg, Norway (www.sght.org)
Nominations, including the reason why, can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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2014: Northern Passage Expedition
Borge Ousland & Thorleif Thorleifsson
On Sir Ernest Shackleton’s birthday (he would have been 140), the Norwegian expedition Northern Passage 2010 received The 1st Shackleton Award at Finse 1222, Norway during the annual Expedition Finse festival. Northern Passage 2010 was the first circumpolar expedition to sail through both the Northeast and Northwest Passages in the same season. The well merited polar explorer Børge Ousland teamed up with the equally well merited offshore sailor Thorleif Thorleifsson. They sailed a small trimaran, a Corsair 31, from Oslo, Norway on 23 June, left Murmansk 28 July and arrived at Point Barrow, Alaska on 16 September. Returning through the Northwest passage passing Cambridge Bay on 16 September, turning the tip of Greenland on 3 October and arriving back in Oslo on 23 October.
Please visit www.ousland.no/category/northern-passage-2010/ for more details.
2015: The Scott Expedition
Ben Saunders & Tarka L'Herpiniere
Between October 2013 and February 2014, Ben and Tarka L'Herpiniere made the first ever return journey to the South Pole from Ross Island on the same route attempted by Sir Ernest Shackleton on the Nimrod Expedition, and by Robert Falcon Scott on the Terra Nova Expedition. At 1,795 miles (2,888 km) the Scott Expedition is the longest human-powered polar journey in history. Saunders and L'Herpiniere set out from Ross Island on 26 October 2013, reached the South Pole on 26 December 2013 and finished their expedition at Ross Island again on 7 February 2014. Although the journey was completed, it must be noted that the Scott Expedition cannot be claimed to have been fully unsupported, since some supplies had to be delivered by air on their return journey. Robert Swan OBE and Falcon Scott (Captain Scott's grandson) were patrons of the expedition
Please visit www.scottexpedition.com for more details.
2016: Arctic Return Adventure Tour 2012
Timo Palo & Audun Tholfsen
The Shackleton Award Committee selected a two member expedition that was inspired the two Norwegian explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen when they in 1895 left the icebound Fram and set out for the North Pole. They did not make it to the pole, but made an epic return to Franz Josef Land.
This was the journey Timo Palo from Estonia and Audun Tholfsen from Norway set out to make in 2012. Departing on 24th April at the North Pole, they man-hauled their kayaks a total of 1600 km. Over a period of 72 days they travelled across sea ice to Seven Island and then paddled across the leads and through the fjords of the Svalbard archipelago, reaching Longyearbyen on 3rd July, 2012
The expedition was unsupported and unassisted. It was a true polar adventure in the spirit of Shackleton (and Nansen). Therefore the Shackleton Award for 2016, goes to Timo Palo and Audun Tholfsen for the ‘Arctic Return Adventure Tour 2012’.
Please visit www.arcticreturntour.com for more details.
2017: Solo Sister, South Pole Expedition 2016
Johanna Davidssons round-trip to the South Pole meant five records that direct the attention of several media with headlines such as Correns "Record Girl from Normlösa" , Outside's "South Pole and back in record time for Solos Sister" and National magazine "Swede who broke records at the South Pole" .
When Johanna Davidsson skied to the South Pole on Christmas Eve in 2016 she beat the previous world record for men.
The Shackleton Award committee said in its announcement:
".... We have, however, not selected our winner this year primarily because of records. This expedition was about very careful preparations and skills – some of them learnt here at Finse. It is also characterized by a fundamental positive and enthusiastic spirit and dedication about fulfilling dreams. The expedition and the winner should be a role model for other aspiring explorers. So, it was a true polar adventure in the spirit of Shackleton."
Please visit: www.solosister.se for more details.
This venerable mountain hotel in the tiny Norwegian hamlet of Finse, has become the new international melting pot for polar explorers. Since it opened in 1909, distinguished visitors include Roald Amundsen, Fridjoft Nansen, Sir Ernest Shackleton, and Captain Scott.