The greatest historical tale of survival against the odds? My vote goes to Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance.

Hear me out.

Frozen in the ice in the middle of the Arctic sea with the ship eventually crushed leaving them stranded with no hope of survival. Spending a cumulative 2 years living on ice floes, tiny boats and desolate islands eating seal and penguin while wiping their asses with snow.

Culminating in Shackleton and a few others leaving the rest of the crew behind on a desperate rescue mission, crossing the most dangerous ocean in the world on the equivalent of a dinghy, landing on the wrong side of the island and then having to haul ass over extremely steep snowy peaks to reach the whaling station on the other side.

Oh, and by the way, not one crew member died!

I was so inspired by [Endurance by Alfred Lansing]( that I wrote a piece about it on sub stack: [](

If you’ve got anything that can beat it, let’s hear it!

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