Captain Mackintosh and his party left the Aurora' on the evening of January 25. They had nine dogs and one heavily loaded sledge, and started off briskly to the accompaniment of a cheer from their shipmates. The dogs were so eager for exercise after their prolonged confinement aboard the ship that they dashed forward at their best speed, and it was necessary for one man to sit upon the sledge in order to moderate the pace. Mackintosh had hoped to get to Hut Point that night, but luck was against him.
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This book was one of the best books I have read in a very very long time. I will admit that it takes a bit of time to get into the action but when it does, the adversity these men had to overcome, with Shackleton leading by example butting his own life on the line at every turn was outstanding. A truly inspirational story, Hollywood could not have written a more exciting, edgy, cliff hanging and ultimately happy ending story.