ALE Cancels Antarctic Season

Antarctic Poles
The "clam" tent area at Union Glacier, with Mount Rossman in the background. Photo: Christopher Michel/ALE

Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE) has just confirmed that the 2020-21 Antarctic season is cancelled because of COVID-19. On the ALE website, co-owner David Rootes wrote that travel restrictions in Chile and rising COVID-19 cases in the gateway city of Punta Arenas largely caused the cancellation.

This news kiboshes any guided or independent ALE clients climbing Vinson or other Antarctic mountains or skiing any South Pole routes. Clients who have already paid up can carry over their bookings to the 2021-22 season.

Other Antarctic experience companies who travel via Cape Town or truly independent travelers (think Mike Horn and his 2017 kite ski crossing) are perhaps the last hope for any Antarctic action this season.

About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, national and international outdoor and adventure magazines, and various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.


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