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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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

10 Things to Know about the Ilyushin-76TD

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

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.

In the Spotlight - Alan Homer

Posted  07/29/15 in General Interest, Overland Transport

Al may be the most elusive member of the ALE team and it took a bit of bribery to trick him into giving us an ‘interview’. Al works behind the scenes, overseeing ALE's mechanical services department and without him, Union Glacier Camp wouldn't run. So meet the man behind the machines - and be warned [...]

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