Ernest Shackleton's incredible Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition took place over 100 years ago, but time has not diminished the impact of the gripping account of the British explorer and his world-famous 1914 voyage. Acclaimed storyteller and polar historian Lawrence Howard has often told the true tale of hardship, suffering, courage, determination and fortitude experienced on this landmark Antarctic expedition. But there's another piece of the Shackleton story, little known and rarely told. This year, for the first time ever, Howard, AKA Armchair Adventurer, will tell the harrowing tale of the Ross Sea Party -- those valiant men on the other side of the continent who gave everything they had to lay down the caches of food and fuel along the route -- caches that, as it turned out, Shackleton never used. It's a story that reaches deep within the human psyche. It's about failure, but it's also about fortitude and determination, duty and honor. It's about reaching deep and finding vast reserves of strength we didn't know we had. It's about the indomitable power of the human spirit. Let your spirit be inspired at Alberta Abbey.
Running time is approximately two hours, plus intermission.