The Nimrod Expedition
After accompanying Scott on the National Antarctic Expedition aboard the Discovery, Ernest Shackleton was to make his own attempt to reach the South Pole. The expedition left Britain in 1907, on the ship the Nimrod. Accompanying him was Douglas Mawson, who would become the first man to reach the southern magnetic pole.
They disembarked the Nimrod on 3rd February 1908, and set up a base at Cape Royds. The party began carrying out scientific studies and observations. Six of the men became the first to scale Mount Erebus. They lived on Antarctica throughout the winter. With the arrival of spring, Shackleton began preparations for his journey to the South Pole.
The Nimrod Expedition was the first to take the new invention, the motorcar, to the Antarctic continent. Ironically, the motorcar continually broke down from overheating, so was not a viable means of transport to the pole.