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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 [...]

In the Spotlight - Joe Kluberton

Posted  07/19/18 in General Interest, Camp Services

Meet ALE's Facilities Technician, Joe Kluberton. He gets amped up about solar power and snow melters, ensuring a steady flow of electricity, heat, and water in our Antarctic camps.

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 [...]

2017 Antarctic Merchandise

Posted  11/29/17 in General Interest

The shop is officially open!  Check out our new assortment of Antarctic merchandise for the 2017 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 be made using [...]

ALE Summits Mount Tyree

On January 16, 2017, Rick Thurmer, accompanied by ALE guides Maria “Pachi” Paz Ibarra, Victor Saunders, Seth Timpano and Todd Tumolo, made the sixth ascent of Mount Tyree, the second highest mountain in Antarctica at 15,919 ft (4852 m). The team climbed the peak via the Grand Couloir, which ascends the lower section of the [...]

In the Spotlight - Julia Doyle

Posted  02/23/17 in General Interest, Camp Services

It may not be obvious that a camp in the middle of Antarctica requires a Hotel Manager, but it takes one uber organized gal to ensure everyone has a comfy cot, a superb meal, and a hot shower waiting for them in Union Glacier. Meet the Clam Tent Queen.

Changing Antarctic Waters Could Trigger Steep Rise in Sea Levels

Current changes in the ocean around Antarctica are disturbingly close to conditions 14,000 years ago that led to the rapid melting of the Antarctic ice sheets and a three metre rise in global sea levels. New research published in Nature Scientific Reports found that at the end of the last ice age, Antarctic ocean temperatures [...]

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