A #badass in every sense of the word. Ernest Shackleton had wanted to discover the South Pole but was beaten to that distinction so instead, he decided to be the first man to cross the continent of Antarctica by boat.
Due to unexpected conditions, the boat became permanently frozen in the polar ice. The boat, ironically named #Endurance, sank, forcing the crew to survive the harsh winter on their own. As soon as the ice under them started to melt, Shackleton packed his crew into three life boats and led them safely to the uninhabited and isolated Elephant Island.
From there, he took his four bravest crew members and set off on a lifeboat to a whaling station 800 miles away. The boat reached South Georgia but landed on the side opposite the whaling station. The water was too dangerous, so Shackleton took two of his men and made a 36 hour trek over a snowy mountain range to the whaling station. From there he organised the rescue of all his men, WITHOUT a single fatality among his crew.