POLAREXPLORERS Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island Honored by OUTSIDE Travel Awards 2014

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PolarExplorers, celebrating its 20th anniversary of guiding amateur and experienced adventurers to some of the remotest spots on earth, is delighted to announce that OUTSIDE, America’s leading active lifestyle brand, has selected PolarExplorers as an honoree of their annual Travel Awards, which celebrate the top destinations, companies, products, and travel providers—in the U.S. and around the world—that inspire people to participate in an active lifestyle. The Shackleton Crossing offered by PolarExplorers was honored as Best Polar Trip.

“We are delighted that our Shackleton Crossing on South Georgia Island has received this prestigious recognition. This trip celebrates all adventurers, both past and present, following in the icy footprints of Shackleton and his crew and sharing their amazing journey of survival. Shackleton is one of the true heroes of the Polar regions and we’re happy to share a portion of his experience with today’s intrepid adventurers,” Rick Sweitzer, PolarExplorers founder, stated.

“Here at PolarExplorers, the Shackleton experience we offer is one of our proudest achievements in our quest to bring a taste of great adventure to today’s travelers,” Annie Aggens, Director of Polar Operations for PolarExplorers, commented. “Shackleton was a brilliant leader and we’re delighted that this award focuses attention on his achievement in the southern Polar regions, as well as our commemorative trip.”

“Whether you’re looking to go big for an expedition, splurge on a luxurious paradise, or plan an epic family trip, OUTSIDE has unearthed fifty travel gems that will inspire you to renew that passport,” said OUTSIDE Editor Chris Keyes.

More About the Shackleton Crossing Adventure from PolarExplorers

The Shackleton Crossing Adventure lets participants walk – and climb -- in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton, reliving the final dash of the greatest adventure story ever told and exploring one of the most biodiverse environments on the planet.

In 1916, after leaving the crew of the Endurance fighting for survival on Elephant Island, Ernest Shackleton, along with a handful of his crew set out on a "Hail Mary" attempt at rescue. Against all odds they successfully sailed their beaten-down life boat, the James Caird, to South Georgia Island.

With its boundless opportunities to observe wildlife and breathtaking scenery at every turn South Georgia is a true Antarctic Oasis -- the most beautiful realm of the South Polar Sea. Time and again, visitors have referred to South Georgia as "Antarctica in a Nutshell," where the wonders of the world's wildest continent are all concentrated on one magical island.

Participants can join PolarExplorers on a life-changing expedition to explore South Georgia Island. Instead of the James Caird, we will be sailing on a well-equipped and comfortable ship complete with on-board naturalists and historians prior to switching to skis and mountaineering gear to recreate Shackleton’s “Final Dash” across the island before rejoining the ship on the other side. Pricing begins at $9,300 for the ship-only cruise; the guided crossing itself is a $6500 supplement for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Full itinerary details are available at http://polarexplorers.com/expeditions/south-georgia-island/shackleton-crossing or call 1-800-RECREATE for details. Interested travelers can also subscribe to the monthly PolarExplorers newsletter with details on other cold-climate trips and expeditions.

The complete list of Travel Awards winners will be featured in the April issue of OUTSIDE, available March 18, and online at http://www.outsideonline.com/travelawards.

ABOUT POLAR EXPLORERS - http://polarexplorers.com
PolarExplorers is the premier polar guiding company successfully guiding many amateur and experienced adventurers to the North and South Poles, across the Greenland ice cap, and to other remote places in the Arctic and Antarctic . For information on current and upcoming expeditions, please visit http://polarexplorers.com or call Annie Aggens at +1 847 256 4409 or by email at annie(at)polarexplorers(dot)com. Join us on Twitter @polarexplorers, on Facebook , and see training tips and videos of many of our trips on our PolarExplorers YouTube channel.

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