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Veteran polar explorer Doug Stoup plans to take two fellow adventurers along the route that the famous British explorer Sir Edward Shackleton would have taken to the South Pole if his sailing ship Endurance had not been wrecked in the Weddell Sea during his historic expedition in 1915.

For this particular adventure, Doug Stoup and his two companions - James Fox, who works in property in the UK (and who is also a handy photographer) and Richard Dunwoody, a highly popular British jump jockey - plan to take the route via Cape Town in South Africa. From there, they will fly by Ilyushin 76 to Novolazarevshaya, which is one of the two Russian research bases in the Antarctic, where they will spend a few days to carry out final tests on their equipment.

When they are ready, they will board a DC3 67 specially equipped with skis and head for the coastline of the Weddell Sea where Shackleton and his men would have arrived had everything gone well. Their 660-mile trek will set out from here and take them from the Shackleton Range to the South Pole. This is the first time that anyone has taken this route.

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