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The Geology of The Ellsworth Mountains

The glaciated and alpine topography of the Sentinel Range in the Ellsworth Mountains provides excellent climbing terrain for mountaineers with eight of the ten highest peaks in Antarctica being located here. While the majority of visitors to the area come to climb, this region of the continent has plenty to offer adventurers and geologists in [...]

Imperial Inspiration

Posted  03/20/15 in Expeditions, General Interest

2015 marks the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Shackleton's story is one of the most celebrated survival stories of all time and continues to inspire modern day explorers.

Tea or Cocoa? Fueling the Debate

With its hot, filling, rejuvenating qualities, cocoa has been an essential staple on all the major expeditions to the North and South Poles. Men would drink cup after cup of it as a bulwark against the morale and strength-sapping task of trudging across an icy, austere landscape. But explorers have not been unanimous in their [...]

Russian Climbers Safe on Mount Vinson

Posted  01/14/15 in Mount Vinson, Press Release

Media reports that a group of Russian climbers were lost on Mount Vinson are incorrect. All climbers are safe and well and the group is in regular contact with Vinson Base Camp.

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 [...]

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.

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.

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

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