We Salute You, Lieutenant Colonel.
courtesy Explorersweb, SOURCE
Second campsite at Berkner Island start.
courtesy Henry Worsley / Shackleton Solo , SOURCE
Henry Worsley at the South Pole on January 2, 2016, his third time. All were full routes.
courtesy Tom Sjogren / Explorersweb / Pythom.com, SOURCE
Henry, protected from the wind in his fur hood.
courtesy Henry Worsley / Shackleton Solo , SOURCE
Day 69, Jan. 20, S86º 22.597 W177º 44.337, 3.5 nm in 5 hours, Accumulated Distance 794.0 nm, Altitude 9460 ft.
courtesy Henry Worsley / Shackleton Solo , SOURCE
Henry's locations, Berkner Island to South Pole.
courtesy Henry Worsley / Shackleton Solo , SOURCE
Journey's end.
courtesy Henry Worsley / Shackleton Solo , SOURCE
Antarctic ski and kite-ski routes.
courtesy Tom Sjogren / Explorersweb / Pythom.com, SOURCE
South Pole skier, Henry Worsley, passed away

Posted: Jan 25, 2016 12:45 pm EST

 

(Correne Coetzer. This announcement first appeared on pythom.com

 

"It is with great sadness that we can confirm that Henry Worsley died on the 24th January 2016 in hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile," reported his home team on his website today.

 

Henry (55), who has been evacuated on January 22 after nearly 800 nautical miles of his solo, unassisted unsupported traverse of Antarctica, was flown out to the hospital in Punta Arenas with peritonitis. His wife Joanna flew from the UK to join him.

 

In this Shackleton Centenary year, Henry, a retired Army Officer, attempted to cross Antarctica solo, unassisted and unsupported (no resupplies and no wind kites), commemorating Ernest Shackleton, a man who he had great respect for. 

 

This was Henry’s third South Pole expedition, this time commemorating Shackleton’s Endurance expedition hundred years ago and his intended route, had he set off. Both Henry's previous routes were full routes (coast to Pole), starting from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, following Scott/Shackleton and Amundsen’s routes, through the Beardmore Glacier (1,480 km) and Axel Heiberg Glacier (1,230 km), respectively.

 

Henry started his 1100nm / 2037km traverse at Berkner Island, via the Geographic South Pole, to the Shackleton Glacier at the Ross Ice Shelf on November 13, 2015. His sled weight was 150 kg. He arrived at the South Pole on Day 51, January 2, 2016 (Day 51) carried on and aborted expedition on Day 69, January 20, 2016, at S86º 22.597 W177º 44.337. Altitude 9460 ft. His accumulated distance  was 794 nautical miles.

 

Henry reported in a voice message, a gradual grinding down of his physical endurance finally took its toll, "and it is with sadness that I report it is journey’s end – so close to my goal.”

 

Henry leaves behind his wife Joanna and children, Alicia and Max.

 

We Salute You, Lieutenant Colonel.

 

 

Previous Exweb Interviews with Henry Worsley:

 

Antarctic solo traverse: Henry Worsley talks to Exweb/Pythom from Punta Arenas (2015)

 

Shackleton’s leadership skills, by Henry Worsley (2015)

 

Exclusive: South Pole anniversary final week interview with Henry Worsley (2012)

 

ExWeb interview with Henry Worsley and Mark Langridge: Obviously no one will be Going outside for some time (2011)

 

 

Previous updates:

 

South Pole Skier in Hospital

 

Antarctica evacuations: Journeys end

 

Antarctica: So Near And Yet So far

 

Henry Worsley at the South Pole

 

 

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