south-georgia-1After a series of unlucky breaks, weather-induced delays and logistical hurdles, Canadian sea kayaker Hayley Shephard still considers her attempt to make the first solo circumnavigation of Antarctica's South Georgia Island a success. On March 17, Shephard returned to her launch site at King Edward Point, a British research station. According to her blog, she felt dejected by her failure to complete the circumnavigation. But after stopping by the nearby grave of her hero, Sir Ernest Shackleton, the leader of the famed, ill-fated 1916 Endurance expedition, Shephard was satisfied by her effort. Read more here.