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Ann Bancroft Celebrating Explorers

Posted  10/10/19 in Polar Explorers

Ann Bancroft is an American educator, explorer, environmentalist and leader, who is dedicated to inspiring women and girls to unleash the power of their dreams. She was the first woman to ski to both the North and South Pole and, along with Liv Arnesen, the first women to ski and sail across Antarctica’s landmass. Ann [...]

ALE PRESS RELEASE: ANTARCTIC SABBATICAL

Airbnb announced they are funding a research sabbatical in the heart of Antarctica. Led by Antarctic scientist and passionate biogeochemist Kirstie Jones–Williams, five people will join an expedition to explore the impact of humans on Earth’s remotest regions. These five participants will be carefully chosen by Airbnb’s expert team and trained in Chile for an [...]

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 [...]

ALE Partner Nick Lewis Co-Authors Paper with Simon Abrahams & NASA Scientists on Permafrost at Elephant Head

Posted  08/7/19 in Updates From The Field, Science

A recent collaboration brought together the NASA Ames Research Center and Christopher P McKay, Edward Balaban, Simon Abraham and ALE partner Nick Lewis that produced a paper on Antarctica's permafrost. This permafrost is found on Mars and in the Ellsworth Mountains, close to ALE's action packed adventures. That's worth knowing about.

Thwaites - Antarctica's Doomsday Glacier

Posted  07/31/19 in Science, Antarctic Environment

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 [...]

2018 Expeditions Review

The start of the 2018 Antarctic season experienced a long period of bad weather, with atypical, heavy snowfall. Most expeditions encountered poor visibility and challenging skiing conditions for the first weeks of their journeys. This unusual weather pattern seems to be associated with strong El Niño years and it certainly brought the worst conditions we [...]

ALE's 2nd Summit of Mount Tyree

On January 14, 2019, Takayasu Semba, along with ALE guides Sam Hennessey, Nate Opp, Victor Saunders, and Seth Timpano, stood on the summit of Mount Tyree; Antarctica’s second highest peak standing at 15,919 ft (4852m). This was the 7th overall ascent and only the 2nd time that Mount Tyree has been guided. Stable weather out [...]

2018 Antarctic Merchandise

Posted  11/10/18 in General Interest, Camp Services

Check out our new assortment of Antarctic merchandise for the 2018 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 white continent. Purchases can be made using US cash and prices range [...]

2017 Expeditions Review

The 2017 Antarctic summer saw an impressive array of expeditions aiming to travel farther, travel faster, or travel more creatively. Some teams saw success while others were met with challenges, poor weather, and time constraints. As Leo Houlding wrote this season “Nothing is easy out here!”. Despite the difficulty of the journey, all of the [...]

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