Shackleton’s unfinished business

100 Years of Polar History

Exactly 100 years ago, Sir Ernest Shackleton announces the “Imperial Trans – Antarctic Expedition”

A world first crossing from Vahsel Bay to Mcmurdo Bay via the South Pole. The last great polar journey of the “Heroic Age of Exploration.” 100 years later, The Trans Anstarctic Journey is unfinished.

Shackletons Unfinished Business (SUB100) will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Shackletons 1915 Imperial Trans Journey.

The famous journey, did become famous as one of the if not the most remarkable tales of Endurance, leadership and survival. With no means of contacting the outside world for help, Shackleton managed to get all his crew safely back after years of freezing temperatures, heartaches, danger and starvation.

Sadly, after returning to UK, 70% of the crew died in the trences of World War 1.

Now it’s time to finish what Shackleton started.

the expedition

Over 1800 miles traversing the Antarctic Continent, from coast to coast, on a route never before successfully achieved.


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2015/2016 – Complete Shackleton’s Unfinished Business 2016 – CharterShip, Educational Seminars, Antarctica and Polar Exploration plus for those seeking adventure a Landing Party Crossing South Georgia.

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The SUB100

Our Mission

This expedition crossing Antarctica will be a major undertaking by experienced world renowned UK & Irish adventures, Charlie Paton, Mike O’Shea, Tarak L’Herpieniere, Tom, hannah and Michael, will join to form a self sufficient team in making this amazing historical journey.


Unique Opportunity

The final team members were searched and found through a selection process from all over the world. Charlie got over 500 applicants that the team whittled down through several selection weekends in UK. It got incredibly difficult from the final 20 as all applicants were incredibly close and hard to separate. After a finale weekend, Tom, Hannah were the chosen 2 to complete the SUB100 team.

Our Philosophy

SUB100 believes in an adventurous spirit – the determination to pursue a dream or vision, the tenacity to overcome barriers, a willingnes to take calculated risks, and respect and affinity for the earth. Charlie believes an adventurous spirit lies in the depths of everyone. The SUB100 Scholarship is an attempt to encourage these qualities in young Brits; qualities that are part of our cultural heritage and those needed to thrive in a global economy. We believe that a visible and tangible medium for demonstrating and encouraging these qualities is in the field of outdoor adventure. We also believe that it is important to be able to communicate and share the adventure experience with others – thus inspiring and encouraging the audience to pursue their own goals and dreams.

Charlie and SUB100 aims to “Inspire others in all walks of life to seek their own adventures, pursue their dreams, be creative, and value the world around them.” We share this philosophy through our core values:

Personal adventure

Inspirational role modelling especially to the younger generation

Professionalism and Integrity at all times

Sharing our story as it unfolds via all forms of media.

Our Commitment

To successfully complete this major challenge in the Antarctica will require not just years of commitment to serious physical and mental training, but also courage, determination, persistence, self-reliance, passion and team work excellence. With majority of the team former Royal Marines, we will be relying on their famous ethos which is drilled into the recruits on day 1 of their training. Consisting of Courage, Unity, Determination, Adaptability, Unselfishness, Humility, Professional Standards, Fortitude, Commando Humour, perhaps most important – cheerfulness in the face of adversity. The cheerfulness comes through comradeship. 


We will succeed. Become part of our success.

The Expedition

Over 1800 miles traversing the Antarctic Continent from coast to coast.

Shackleton’s Unfinished Business

The Ultimate Adventure

Projected commencement date: October 2015
The journey: over 1800 miles traversing the Antarctic Continent, from coast to coast, on a route never before successfully achieved.
Estimated period of journey: 100 days of deep-frozen isolation and gruelling physical and psychological hardship.
Climate factor: hellish. Average annual Antarctic temperature: -57 degrees C. Wind speeds in excess of 100kph make for horrifying wind chill factors. Forced to take off a glove for any reason in a 50kph wind? Frostbite takes two minutes to set in, and is virtually irreversible.
Danger factor: on a journey never before achieved across icy terrain hiding 100m-deep crevasses? Inestimable.
Science factor: unprecedented cooperation with 3 leading universities.
Education factor: direct links to 150m school kids in 103 countries.
Entertainment factor: the sky’s the limit.
Putting their lives on the line?: DEFINITELY.
Who gets to go?: the final select breed of winning applicants, the few who survive a gruelling succession of outdoor wilderness sub-zero endurance tests devised to separate the wannabes from the survivors. Because only the toughest get to accompany Charlie Paton on his quest to complete Shackleton’s Unfinished Business.

The Route

Unfinished Business breaks new ground in the world of adventure, elevates exploration for entertainment and education to new heights – and makes a huge contribution to the sparse scientific knowledge of a vital region of the globe that, even a century later after The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, remains virtually unexplored and unrecorded. Unprecedented national support and global participation.

The Facts

WHEN: November 2015 to February 2016

START POINT: Vahsel Bay (Weddell Sea)

HALFWAY POINT: Geographical South Pole

FINISH POINT: Ross Island (Ross Sea)

DISTANCE: 3,472 kilometers

DURATION: 85 to 100 days






DEPTH OF ICE ON ANTARCTICA: Average 1,800 meters






EFFORT EQUIVALENT: 2 Marathons a Day









Meet The Team

Charlie Paton <br/><em>Team Leader</em>

Charlie Paton
Team Leader

Charlie Paton is one of the only people on the planet capable of leading the expedition but he needs to form a small team of hand-picked specialists to compliment him in this journey. Charlie will use the same recruitment technique that Shackleton used to piece together his team.

Mike O'Shea

Mike O'Shea

Mike O Shea’s climbing career began at the age of 13 when he started climbing in the McGillicuddy Reeks near his home-place in County Kerry, Ireland. His adventurous spirit led him to be one of the first people in Ireland to gain the Gold Gaisce Presidents Award.

Tarke L'Herpiniere

Tarke L'Herpiniere

At just 16 years of age, Tarka L’Herpiniere took a bicycle out of a skip rebuilt it in the design lab at school and set off on a 1000km journey to the south of France. Inspired to test his limits he later ran 8 marathons in 8 consecutive days. With successful expeditions to the Arctic in 2001, 2002 and 2003, he attempted to become the youngest person ever to reach the North and South Poles, unaided and in succession.

Hannah Forrestal

Hannah Forrestal

Hannah is a physical trainer/adventure trainer In the RAF. Hannah specialises in Adventure training for the RAF perSonel around UK AND Europe. Hannah is ambitious,driven,fit and enjoys endurance events. Shackletons Unfinished Business for Hannah, is a dream come true. Ambitious, driven and determined, Hannah is a massive team player /leader and credit to any team she joins with her humour,support and drive.

Tom Alden

Tom Alden

As a former Royal Marine, Tom has experienced many operational tours around the world including Afghanistan, Pakistan, United Arab Emir- ates, Norway, Kuwait and Iraq. Following his resignation from the Marines in 2004, Tom fulfilled his passion for diving by traveling around South East Asia, and spent time climbing in the Western Himalayas. 

Michael Byrne

Michael Byrne

Michael joined the Army as a junior Leader at the age of 16, on completion of his one years’ basic training was highly recommended to join a Parachute or Commando regiment, with his roots in Scotland he opted for the All Arms Commando Course, on completion he was awarded the coveted Green Beret. During his military career he travelled the world in both friendly and hostile environments.

Our Patron

  • Ranulph Fiennes

    Ranulph Fiennes

    In 1914 one of the most unique leaders of men the world has ever seen, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, dreamed to undertake the immense challenge of being the first person to cross the little-known Antarctic continent from coast to coast (via the Geographical South Pole). He called his expedition the ‘Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition’.Alas his brave endeavour failed but what a glorious failure it was!I’m delighted that Charlie Paton has chosen to honour Shackleton’s heroic efforts, one hundred years on. . Charlie has considerable knowledge of and experience in the polar environment. I have no doubt that he has more than what it takes to tackle the SUB100 expedition. More significantly, perhaps, I have every confidence that his brave example will inspire the young people of today to chase after adventure and believe in the impossible. I am pleased to be Patron of Charlie’s extraordinary Centennial expedition and wish him and his companions, God speed and a safe return.
  • Jonathon Shackleton

    Jonathon Shackleton

    Jonathan is cousin of the Irish, Kildare born explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and The University of Ohio, he has been involved in many Shackleton-oriented activities including films, TV documentaries and radio interviews world wide, and is co-author with John MacKenna of Shackleton: An Irishman in Antarctica. An excerpt from this book illustrates the immensity of Shackleton’s achievement. ‘Eighty years after Ernest Shackleton’s death, his legend and the extraordinary story of the Endurance South Pole expedition still hold a grip on the public imagination.Trapped in drifting polar pack-ice for ten months, Ernest Shackleton and his crew fought for survival against all the odds. When their ship, the Endurance, was finally crushed, they were stranded on ice floes for more than a year before reaching Elephant Island. From there Shackleton and five of his men embarked on the most remarkable rescue mission in maritime history, sailing in a small open boat to South Georgia Island across eight hundred miles of the world’s roughest seas to bring help to the others… Shackleton’s story lives on because of his unique qualities of leadership and the extraordinary fact that all of his men survived.’We are honoured to have another living link with Polar exploratory history with the patronage of Jonathan Shackleton. ‘My cousin’s audacity and courage, persistence and great vision continue to inspire me nearly a hundred years after his poignant death.It is also very moving to know that his expeditions are still inspiring others to attempt to reach the most extreme Polar Regions.I am therefore pleased to be able to endorse the 2015 Shackleton’s Unfinished Business as patron and friend.