Explorer Tim Jarvis to recreate Ernest Shackleton's 1916 Antarctic journey

An epic journey by Ernest Shackleton (right) in 1916 will be retraced.

A polar explorer who retraced Douglas Mawson's Antarctic trek has launched an ambitious new challenge - recreating Ernest Shackleton's perilous crossing of the Southern Ocean.

Monday, 3 December, 2012, 4:24am

A tale of love and adventure

Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage is the kind of film that makes you want to grab your dusty backpack and head off for an adventure in a foreign country.

1 May 2011 - 12:00am

Running to the Extremes

By day, Derek Kwik is the founding partner of a technology venture-capital firm and chief executive of design and consulting firm Interactive Imagination. But, in his spare time, he races through deserts, jungle and mountains.

16 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

star attraction

Wave pioneer Ross Clarke-Jones stars in Discovery Channel's Storm Surfers: New Zealand. In the one-hour show, he works with fellow Australians meteorologist Ben Matson and veteran surfer Tom Carroll to track down the biggest waves in the world. After a successful first instalment in Tasmania, Clarke-Jones' quest to conquer un-surfed regions leads him to New Zealand.

29 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Ship's sinking a grim reminder

A cruise ship with 100 passengers aboard which sank off Antarctica last November vividly illustrates the environmental threat posed by the rising number of eco-visitors. MS Explorer spilled diesel after hitting an iceberg, damaging the continent's fragile environment.

It was on a 19-day tour of Antarctica and the Falkland Islands which cost more than US$12,000 per person.

2 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Ranulph Fiennes

Ranulph Fiennes

by Ranulph Fiennes

Hodder & Stoughton, HK$128

25 May 2008 - 12:00am

What's the catch?


An adult colossal squid (skw-id), with eyes as big as dinner plates and razor-sharp hooks on its tentacles, has been caught by a New Zealand fishing crew.

2 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

The hot topic

Global warming is one of the hottest news items the world over.

But while most countries are aware of the problem and are actively trying to minimise the impact of human activities on nature, Hongkongers are slow to acknowledge its significance.

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Hot issue, cold reality

It is the seventh largest body of freshwater in the world, yet it has never been glimpsed by human eyes. Lake Vostok is hidden nearly 4km beneath the wind-blasted surface of Antarctica, a giant sub-glacial pocket which scientists believe could harbour previously undiscovered forms of life, perhaps even bizarre new species of fish.

4 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Great white wilderness in shadow of exploitation

One thing the world got right and has stayed largely true to is the peace and protection of the Antarctic.

Under the Antarctic Treaty, no country can lay claim to it or is locked out of it. It is off-limits to militarisation, nuclear activities and mineral exploration and is the world's biggest scientific research park.

4 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Antarctic mission in for a battering

Mainland vessel is in HK on the way to polar adventure

A group of 127 Chinese scientists and sailors are Antarctic bound - and Hong Kong academic Ho Kin-chung knows exactly what they can expect: a bone-shaking voyage battling seas higher than their ship and a high-fat diet to keep them warm when they reach their destination.

30 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Where in the world

The Hong Kong Central Library in Causeway Bay will host the 'Round the World with Travel Maps' exhibition from today until April 29. The exhibition will include about 300 western and oriental maps, including modern and ancient maps of Hong Kong. A priceless 800-year-old Chinese map from the southern Song dynasty, the Ping Jiang Tu, will also be on display.

16 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Hot news from the Antarctic

LEARNING to appreciate the environment is the first step towards conservation, according to a Hong Kong resident who visited the Antarctic earlier this year, bringing home with him a message of environmental awareness.

4 Aug 1995 - 12:00am