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50 Years of Antarctic Mountaineering

The 2016 Antarctic season marks 50 years since the first ascent of the continent’s four highest peaks by the American Antarctic Mountaineering Expedition (AAME). Mount Vinson, Antarctica’s highest peak at 16,050 ft (4892 m), was first summited on December 18, 1966 by AAME expedition members, Pete Schoening, Bill Long, John Evans, and Barry Corbet. Despite [...]

2016 South Pole Expeditions

The Antarctic summer draws a host of unique expeditioners to the white continent every year, each with their own objective and particular method of travel. 2016 is no exception and ALE is proud be the logistics provider for a diverse group of individuals and teams, most of whom aim to reach the Southernmost Point on [...]

2016 Antarctic Merchandise

Posted  12/2/16 in General Interest

The shop is officially open and we’re proud to debut our new assortment of Antarctic merchandise for the 2016 season! These one of a kind keepsakes are exclusively sold at ALE’s Union Glacier Camp, so if you’re lucky enough to receive one, you’ll know it came all the way from the 7th continent. Purchases can [...]

ALE Debuts New Logo and Website

Posted  09/9/16 in General Interest, Press Release

Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE) debuted a new brand mark and website today, just before the start of its 30th Antarctic season. The new logo and website are part of a strategic initiative by ALE to consolidate its retail and wholesale divisions under one brand identity. The company will now offer its guided Antarctic experiences under [...]

Blue-ice Airfields

ALE uses blue-ice airfields to land wheeled aircraft in Antarctica. These snow-free areas are a cornerstone of our operations. But what are blue-ice fields? How are they formed? And what makes them so special? Blue-ice fields are glacial areas that remain snow-free. Most of the Antarctic ice sheet is covered by snow, since the accumulation [...]

A Tribute to Nick Clinch

Posted  06/23/16 in General Interest, Mount Vinson

Nick Clinch (b. 1930), leader of the 1966 first ascent of Mount Vinson, passed away on June 15, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. Clinch is regarded as one of America’s most successful expedition leaders. He is the only American to have led the first ascent of an 8,000 meter peak: Hidden Peak (Gasherbrum I, 26,470 [...]

Service with a Shiva Twist

Posted  04/19/16 in General Interest

Olivia is one of the first people our Antarctic guests meet upon arrival in Punta Arenas. When she's not breaking glacial ice to serve up pisco sours, she's leading ALE's Guest Services team in Chile to make sure all goes according to plan.

10 Things to Know about the Ilyushin-76TD

Posted  04/13/16 in Air Transport, General Interest, Services

Did you know the IL-76 has two flight decks or that school bus can fit inside it? Learn more about this amazing aircraft and how it's used in Antarctica.

A Tribute to John Splettstoesser

Posted  02/1/16 in General Interest

It is with deep sadness that we mark the passing of John Splettstoesser - geologist, polar scientist, devoted Antarctican, and long-time friend of ALE - at age 82.

100% Success for ALE Vinson Climbers

2015 marks another season with 100% success for ALE climbers on Antarctica's highest peak. 33 ALE guests traveled to Mount Vinson over five departures, from mid-November through late January. All reached the summit, together with a total of 16 ALE guides and rangers, many of whom made multiple ascents. Congratulations to everyone, especially to those [...]

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