Union Glacier start-up team to Antarctica

Union Glacier start-up team to Antarctica

Posted: Oct 19, 2014 02:04 pm EDT


(Correne Coetzer) On October 17, Adventure Network (ANI) reported that the start-up team has flown to Antarctica to set up camp at Union Glacier for the 2014-15 season.


Union Glacier Camp near the Union Gacier blue ice runway serves as Base Camp for skiers, climbers, scientists and tourists activities on Antarctica, flying in from Punta Arenas, Chile. A start-up team flies in with a Kenn Borek Air Twin Otter wherafter the Basler and eventually the Ilyushin-76 will follow.


Check this documentary about Union Glacier to see more of the activities of the start-up team, digging out the camp gear that was stored on the ice during the winter and setting up camp.


The other main drop-off point for skiers, climbers, scientists and tourists on Antarctica is near the Russian science station Novolazarevskaya. Operating from Cape Town, South Africa, the first Ilyushin-76 flight is scheduled for November 4. The flight is already fully booked, French kite-skier Faysal Hanneche told ExplorersWeb. He was hoping to get a seat on that flight, but is booked on the November 11 flight. Read an ExWeb interview with him here



Gateway port Cape Town, South Africa: 

To ALCI /TAC base camp Novolazarevskaya / Novo 

70° 46’37”S, 011° 49’26”E 


Gateway port Punta Arenas, Chile, South America: 

To ALE/ANI base camp, Union Glacier 

79° 45'S, 083° 14'W





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The Kenn Borek team does the flying in the Twin Otter and Basler on Antarctica for ALE.
courtesy ANI / ALE, SOURCE
Union Glacier Camp from the air. Click image to enlarge.
courtesy Adventure Network International (ANI), SOURCE