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The Solo Antarctic Expedition That Ended In Death And A Series Of Tragic Selfies

Following in the footsteps of one of his biggest heroes, Antarctic explorer Henry Worsley dreamed of crossing the continent completely on his own, but the voyage ended in tragedy. Inspired by the incredibly tough, competitive, and stubborn explorers of the early-1900s, the Worsley Antarctic expedition of 2015 was an attempt to re-create a voyage Ernest Shackleton attempted but never completed 100 years earlier. Unfortunately, Worsley found similar results and met an even grimmer end.

Worsley was familiar with Antarctica, having already recreated several expeditions made by his heroes. His route spanned from the South Pole to the continent's opposite shore. While Henry Worsley was an experienced explorer, Antarctica's extreme temperatures, dangerous winds, and unsettling atmosphere proved unconquerable. Worsley's attempt to fulfill a dangerous dream ended in tragedy, similar to voyagers like Robert Scott or Christopher McCandless. Henry Worsley's funeral was a sad day for the exploration community, but the selfies and audio diary he left behind tell an amazing tale.

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