In the Spotlight - Darren McAulay

Posted  06/9/22 in General Interest

ALE guide Darren McAulay has helped guests reach Antarctic's highest summits, traverse its icy expanses, and experience the full breadth of what it has to offer. He also loves sharing his knowledge of the rocks, glacial features and processes that shaped the continent. We caught up with Darren at his home in the French Alps, [...]

In the Spotlight - Nestor Suan

Posted  05/19/22 in General Interest

Name: Nestor Suan Role: Head Chef 1st ALE Season: 2018 Nationality: Malaysia Working as an Antarctic chef has many challenges and rewards – and takes a special kind of person. Head chef Nestor Suan shares some insights into what brings him to Antarctica and the unique challenges of Antarctic cuisine. What brought you to work for [...]

2021 Expedition Round-up

The 2021 Antarctic season was one of the most challenging in ALE’s history, with an ongoing pandemic, disparate and changing travel regulations, and incredibly challenging Antarctic weather conditions. Despite this, an intrepid group of Antarctic expeditions set their sights on the South Pole and beyond. Here is a round-up of the 2021 season expeditions. The [...]

Reducing Exposure To Hazards

Our Travel Safety Team are always busy with behind the scenes work in Antarctica. Travel Safety manager Simon Abrahams and Mechanic Nigel Blenkharn recently travelled 1300km to deliver our Toyota Hilux to our South Pole Camp, where it will be used for logistical support. What’s the large object projecting from the front of the truck? [...]

In the Spotlight Stephanie Taylor

Posted  03/17/21 in General Interest

After working in the Salt Lake City office for 10 years and visiting Antarctica twice, Steph has seen many sides of ALE. We asked her about some of her most memorable experiences, both on the ice and off...

Ice Core Research and Climate Change Models

Professors Chris Fogwill and Chris Turney are in the news again, with a new study that highlights the crucial role that Antarctic sea ice plays in controlling global CO² levels. ARC Linkage Research Project ALE has a long association with the duo, providing logistic and financial support for fieldwork focused on changes in ice sheet [...]

Yelcho - The Little Boat That Could

Posted  10/30/19 in Antarctic History

Yelcho was a steam-powered cutter, originally used as a tug before entering Chilean Navy service. It is famous for rescuing the crew of Endurance in 1916, under the command of Luis Pardo Villalón.

Non-native Species: A Threat to Antarctica

The introduction of non-native species is a priority conservation concern among Antarctic Treaty countries, and one we share at ALE. Non-native species are one of several major threats to biodiversity – globally and in the Antarctic. They have already profoundly transformed the biodiversity of many sub-Antarctic islands and are increasing on the Antarctic continent itself. [...]

Roger Easton & the Advent of GPS

These days it’s hard to imagine navigating around Antarctica – or indeed anywhere in the world – without Global Positioning System (GPS), but it wasn’t that long ago that Antarctic expeditions relied on the sun to navigate. The passing of Roger Easton (April 30, 1921 – May 8, 2014), the developer of GPS, got us [...]

Thwaites - Antarctica's Doomsday Glacier

Posted  07/31/19 in Antarctic Environment, Science

Principal Investigators of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC) recently conducted a special briefing for UK policy makers, on sea-level rise from Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica. The scientists explained why it is important to reduce the uncertainty on how Thwaites Glacier will contribute to future sea-level rise; how governments will need to adapt to [...]

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