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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 [...]

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 [...]

2016 South Pole Expeditions

The Antarctic summer draws a host of unique expeditioners to the white continent every year, each with their own objective and particular method of travel. 2016 is no exception and ALE is proud be the logistics provider for a diverse group of individuals and teams, most of whom aim to reach the Southernmost Point on [...]

A Tribute to Nick Clinch

Posted  06/23/16 in Mount Vinson, General Interest

Nick Clinch (b. 1930), leader of the 1966 first ascent of Mount Vinson, passed away on June 15, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. Clinch is regarded as one of America’s most successful expedition leaders. He is the only American to have led the first ascent of an 8,000 meter peak: Hidden Peak (Gasherbrum I, 26,470 [...]

100% Success for ALE Vinson Climbers

2015 marks another season with 100% success for ALE climbers on Antarctica's highest peak. 33 ALE guests traveled to Mount Vinson over five departures, from mid-November through late January. All reached the summit, together with a total of 16 ALE guides and rangers, many of whom made multiple ascents. Congratulations to everyone, especially to those [...]

Henry Worsley

Posted  01/24/16 in Press Release, Expeditions

It is with great sadness that we report that polar expeditioner Henry Worsley died at a hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile yesterday after complications caused by bacterial peritonitis. Henry returned from Antarctica on January 23 after nearly completing his Shackleton Solo Expedition.

In the Spotlight - Carl Alvey

Carl first came to Antarctica as a guest in 2004, on a student Ski Last Degree expedition. He fell in love with the wide open spaces, the cold, the remoteness and of course the adventure. Since then, he keeps finding a way to get back to the ice each season.

2015 Expedition Line-up - Inspired by Shackleton

Posted  11/22/15 in General Interest, Expeditions

This season, six expeditions will ‘...go to the region of ice and snow...’, each hoping to reach the South Pole – or perhaps beyond – and challenge themselves along the way.

In the Spotlight - David Hamilton

Posted  09/1/15 in Mount Vinson, General Interest

ALE Mount Vinson Guide, David Hamilton, has 28 years of experience as a high altitude guide in all of the world’s major mountain ranges, with 25 expeditions to peaks over 7,500m and (almost) all the 7 summits 3 or more times.

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