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Antarctica's Summer Solstice. A Natural Phenomenon of the Earth's Maximum Tilt.

If you’ve ever explored the wonderful world of science and atmospheric phenomenon you know about the winter solstice (midwinter, yule, the longest night, jó) which is also Antarctica’s summer solstice. The winter solstice is meant to astronomically mark the beginning of longer days and shorter nights and has long provided excellent opportunity for cultures to [...]

2019 Antarctic Merchandise

Posted  12/11/19 in General Interest, Camp Services

Check out our new assortment of Antarctic merchandise for the 2019 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 [...]

The World's Southermost Marathon 2019

Posted  12/3/19 in General Interest

If you thought about running an Antarctic Ice Marathon you’re not the only one. The popular, once-in-a-lifetime race is sold out for the season and no doubt those who have secured their spot are brimming with excitement. The southernmost marathon takes place at 80° south, just a few hundred miles from the South Pole in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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