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2014-15 Expedition Update

It’s January and the 2014 Antarctic Ski South Pole expeditions are closing in on their goal. Here’s a re-cap of who is on the trail and how they’re doing… Route: Novolazarevskaya – Pole of Inaccessibility – South Pole – Hercules Inlet Skier: Frédéric Dion (Canada), Solo Frédéric has completed his epic, solo Antarctic crossing. He arrived [...]

2014 Science News

Posted  12/29/14 in General Interest, Science

Union Glacier hosts a melting pot of adventurers, explorers and scientists each season. We are excited to welcome research teams investigating a broad range of topics during the 2014-15 season. Learn more about the projects and fieldwork they'll be doing on the ice.

In the Spotlight - Pachi Ibarra

Posted  12/20/14 in Climb Antarctica, General Interest

One of Chile's top female mountaineers, Pachi has been guiding for over 15 years and the 2014-15 Antarctic season will be her 7th with ALE. Learn more about this accomplished mountaineer and her Antarctic experiences.

Vinson Rundown

We've reached the half-way point in the climbing season on Mount Vinson and it's hard to believe the third group of guests are already on the mountain! We caught up with ALE Guide, David Hamilton, for a glimpse into the days ahead and what this group of climbers will experience on Vinson.

Alexandra Shackleton Visits Union Glacier

The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton, granddaughter of Sir Ernest Shackleton, flew to the interior of the Antarctic continent for the first time with ALE on December 13, 2014.

2014-15 South Pole Expedition Lineup

Seven unique expeditions are en route to the South Pole this Antarctic season. We'll be following their journeys and look forward to hosting all of them at Union Glacier upon completion of their ultimate goals.

Summer Polar Bootcamp

ALE Travel Safety Manager, Seth Timpano, attended a week-long Bootcamp in July 2014. But instead of marching drills and push-ups, this Bootcamp focused on satellite imagery in the Polar Regions. We asked Seth about the course and how it could apply to his work in Antarctica.

Vinson vs. Sidley - How do they compare?

Posted  11/19/14 in Mount Sidley, Mount Vinson

ALE Expedition Manager Steve Jones was interviewed by Explorersweb.com, comparing the climbing experience on Mount Vinson – Antarctica’s highest peak – to the less frequented and more remote Mount Sidley – Antarctica’s highest volcano. Click to read Steve’s interview

Expert Advice - Exped Essentials

Posted  10/9/14 in Expeditions, General Interest

Deciding what equipment to bring on an Antarctic expedition is no easy task. ALE's Expedition Manager, Steve Jones, provides some expert advice for teams heading onto the ice.

The single greatest hazard

The word ‘Antarctica’ usually brings to mind images of extreme cold and snowstorms, but the single greatest hazard at any Antarctic station is fire. Antarctic holds roughly 70% of the earth’s fresh water, but that ‘water’ is locked away in vast ice sheets that cover the continent. Combine this lack of readily available water, with [...]

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