Our Company

Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions LLC (ALE) offers air transportation, logistic support, and guided experiences for those venturing to the interior of Antarctica. In 1985, our predecessor, Adventure Network International (ANI), pioneered private flights to Antarctica for an ascent of Mount Vinson. More than 30 years later, we remain the most experienced private operator on the continent with an impeccable safety record, a strong environmental ethic, and a desire to share the white continent with other passionate explorers.

Current Partners

ALE Partners have all been active in the Antarctic since the late 1970s. A few were involved with ANI in that company’s early days. In 2003, they came together with new partners to incorporate ALE and ultimately purchase ANI.


Nick Lewis

David Rootes

Mike McDowell


Peter McDowell

Meet the ALE Partners

Our Team

Salt Lake City Office

Our year-round office is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Salt Lake serves as the hub of our operation overseeing marketing and sales, accounting and finance, and purchasing and construction projects. We chose Salt Lake for our headquarters due to its prominent winter recreation industry. The city is home to many outdoor companies as well as heavy machinery suppliers specializing in snow equipment. As a result we can source many of the items we require for operating in Antarctica and ship them down to Punta Arenas, Chile for transport to the ice.

Meet our Salt Lake Team

Punta Arenas Office

All of our Antarctic flights originate in Punta Arenas, Chile which serves as the starting point for all of our guests. We maintain a seasonal office here managed by our Chilean agent, Red de Aventura a la Ant√°rtica Ltda (RAAL).

Meet our Punta Arenas Team

Antarctic Camps

During the Antarctic summer (November-January), we maintain a blue-ice runway and seasonal camp on Union Glacier . We also open various field camps on Mount Vinson, at the South Pole, and near the Gould Bay Emperor Penguin Colony.

Learn more about Our Camps

Meet Our Antarctic Team

Remote Staff

ALE is truly an international company with team members working remotely in multiple time zones to support our operation year-round.

Meet our Remote Team

Why Choose ALE?

Experience of a Lifetime

Traveling deep into the interior of Antarctica is like visiting no other place on earth. Our unique infrastructure affords unparalleled access to the white continent’s best destinations:

  • Only operator with access to Mount Vinson
  • Only field camp near an emperor penguin colony
  • Only private camp at the South Pole
  • Shortest flight to the South Pole


Our History

ALE has operated continuously since 1987

  • 1st land-based tour operator using wheeled aircraft on blue-ice runways
  • Safely executed hundreds of roundtrip intercontinental flights from Chile to in the interior of Antarctica
  • Supported virtually every private expedition that has skied, flown or driven across Antarctica

Learn more about Our History

Our Commitment to Safety

Safety is our top priority and everything we do starts with creating a safe environment for our guests and our team.

  • Comprehensive risk assessment and emergency planning
  • 24-hour emergency response systems
  • Satellite communication and weather information systems

Learn more about Our Safety Commitment

Our Environmental Ethic

We care deeply about Antarctica and set the highest possible environmental standards in order to protect it.

  • Exceed Antarctic Treaty System guidelines
  • 1st private company in Antarctica to complete an environmental impact assessment
  • Founding member of International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), a member organization that promotes sustainable Antarctic tourism
  • Biosecurity
  • Waste Management

Learn more about Our Environmental Ethic

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