Antarctic Midsummer celebration


Shackleton & his crew celebrate midwinter's day on board Endurance.


For the Antarctic community, Midsummer's day (21st December) is traditionally the most important date in the season, signifying the end and beginning of another epic cycle of transformation from light to dark and back again. From space, the continent appears at its smallest (the sea ice causes it to double in winter) and temperatures sometimes reach a giddy zero degrees centigrade.

No wonder then, that explorers past have been mid-expedition at this point of the year - and have celebrated with traditional foodstuffs hauled halfway across the planet.

Here at The Shackleton Company, we are looking forward to marking the moment in London on Wednesday 21st with The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, exchanging gifts, remembering heroes past and talking on satellite phone to Lou Rudd and SPEAR 17, due to arrive at the Geographic South Pole any day now and suitably attired in Shackleton gear (follow them here).

In this hemisphere of course it coincides with our Midwinter celebration, traditionally accompanied by gifts. If you and your kin are inclined to celebrate in style, you might examine these four recommendations of suitable kit to wear and give.





Created to mark the achievements of Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance between 1914 and 1916, the Centenary Explorer Jacket takes its cues from Hurley’s photographs and from the clothing in the expedition archive. While appearing typical of the kind worn by alpinists and adventurers of the heroic age, it is in fact markedly superior in every respect. More details.





As the name suggests, our Shackleton Signature Jumper is directly inspired by a sweater worn by Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men in the Antarctic, as seen in photographs taken a century ago. From its basket weave pattern to its insulating roll neck, the Signature Jumper is a solid garment that offers warmth, comfort and style in equal measure, imparting a quietly rugged look. More details. 





These boots are probably among the very best in the world. Apart from looking absolutely super, the build and construction are just through the roof. Coming fully-welted and with a high top, the boots are made out of Italian leather and Maracca suede, while the interior is lined with Shearling sheepskin. The boots are finished with a five eyelet and triple hook fastening too. If you need new multi-use protection for your feet and have the cash, then these immensely rugged boots are just the answer." T3, December 2016 - Stylish & super-warm winter garments. More details. 





Our soft-washed wool scarf is luxurious and rugged. It is made from British-certified wool and available in Skiddaw, a natural undyed wool.  The scarf is knitted in Britain by our skilled artisans and is formed from a rich Skiddaw four-ply yarn, offering exceptional softness and natural insulation in even the harshest of conditions. More details. 


Wishing you all the best this Midsummer,

The Shackleton Company

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