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CLIMB ANTARCTICA

Climb new routes in untouched alpine terrain – Antarctica’s best kept secret

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be first? The first to stand on top of an unnamed peak or the first to climb a new route that has never been climbed before? Have you ever imagined doing these things in the most remote and pristine place on planet Earth?  Welcome to VAE’s Climb Antarctica!

Climb Antarctica is a mountaineer's dream. Explore the amazing, untouched alpine terrain of the Heritage Range, cradled within the Ellsworth Mountains. Steep ice couloirs, classic ridge traverses, icy crests, rock pyramids and hidden valleys – the Heritage Range has it all.  Whatever your level of experience or grade, there is something here for you.

Over the last couple of seasons there has been a flurry of activity and our guests have made some amazing first ascents – Mount Dolence, Linder Peak, the north face of Mount Rossman, and Mount Sporli, the highest peak in the range. Even so, many peaks remain to be climbed and many valleys still await their first human footprint. With new routes, stunning scenery and unlimited climbing potential it is no coincidence that Climb Antarctica is our VAE Guides’ favorite trip!

Accommodations

Union Glacier Camp
The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming at our main Antarctic camp at Union Glacier. You’ll find roomy, double occupancy sleeping tents; a spacious dining hall; fresh delicious meals; and a spectacular setting. You’ll be surprised how comfortable Antarctica can be! Our full-service camp is designed for Antarctic conditions and with best environmental practices in mind. It operates during the Antarctic summer (November through January) and is dismantled at the end of each season.

Field Camps
Our Emperor Penguin, ski expedition, and other field camps are more basic. Equipment must be lightweight and portable, yet still strong enough to withstand Antarctic conditions. We sleep in mountaineering-style tents and eat a combination of fresh-frozen meals, prepared by our chefs at Union Glacier; and de-hydrated meals.

Dates & Rates  
Code Start Date End Date Price (US$) 
CLIMB1-15 Dec 18, 2015 Dec 29, 2015 US$ 28,850
CLIMB1-16 Dec 18, 2016 Dec 29, 2016 US$ 29,450

Day 1: Fly to Antarctica - Fly from Chile to Antarctica by private transport jet. Land on our ice runway and settle in at Union Glacier Camp.

Day 2 - 3: Acclimatization and Preparations - Spend the first couple of days brushing up on skills and getting acclimated to the Antarctic conditions. We will practice ropework, crevasse rescue, navigation, weather observations and polar camping skills. During this period, you will discuss and plan objectives with your guide and pack your equipment ready for departure.

Day 4 - 11: Climbing - After the stunning scenery and unlimited potential, flexibility is the next best thing about Climb Antarctica. What and how you explore is up to you. You can do local day trips and return home each night for dinner at Union Glacier Camp.  Or set out on a 10-day expedition exploring the many valleys and peaks in the region. Numerous ridges and faces await.  Routes vary from technical ascents and easy snow climbs to magnificent ridge traverses with views over the Ronne Ice Shelf and Polar Plateau.

Each experience is unique. And the opportunities for true exploration and discovery are endless. Only a handful of people have passed this way before you and it is exhilarating to think that you may be the first person to stand on a summit or marvel at the view below.

Day 12*: Return to Punta Arenas, Chile - The aircraft from Punta Arenas will arrive with a new collection of avid explorers and you depart for the final leg of your Antarctic experience. Our VAE staff will meet you at Punta Arenas airport and transfer you to your hotel.

*Schedule: No two Antarctic experiences are the same. This is part of the excitement and adventure of Antarctic travel. The itinerary above highlights typical activities and experiences. Exact timeline and details will vary from trip to trip. Trip length may vary by departure.
Please anticipate delays and do not plan anything for at least a week after your scheduled return. Allow yourself to enjoy this unique experience without the stress of pending commitments.

Itinerary details

Voyage:
CLIMB ANTARCTICA
Duration:
11 nights / 12 days
Start:
Punta Arenas, Chile
Finish:
Punta Arenas, Chile

What's Included

ALL South Pole Experiences include:

  • Transfers to and from Punta Arenas airport, Chile

  • Briefing with refreshments in Punta Arenas one day prior to departure

  • Round trip flights from Punta Arenas to Antarctica

  • All flights within Antarctica as shown in your itinerary

  • Meals and accommodation while in Antarctica

  • Expedition Guide(s) (and naturalist or lecturer on some Experiences)

  • Use of recreational equipment at Union Glacier Camp

  • Official and personalised VAE Certificate of Achievement

  • A Baggage allowance of up to 55lbs (25kg) on Punta Arenas-Union Glacier flight

  • (Baggage allowance of up to 66lb (30kg) for Ski South Pole Hercules Inlet, Messner and Footsteps of Amundsen Expeditions)

 

SOME Experiences include:

  • Group camping equipment (when travelling beyond Union Glacier Camp)

  • Group climbing equipment (climbing expeditions)

  • Sled, harness, ski pole pogies (all ski expeditions)

  • Skis, ski skins, ski poles (Ski Last Degree)

Experiences DO NOT include:

  • Commercial flights to and from Punta Arenas

  • Flights within Antarctica, other than those shown in itinerary

  • Meals and accommodation in Punta Arenas

  • Airport transfers other than in Punta Arenas

  • Personal equipment and clothing (polar clothing is available for rent from VAE for some Experiences)

  • Expenses incurred in Punta Arenas due to delays

  • Any excess baggage costs over confirmed baggage allowance

  • Cost for the use of satellite phone whilst in Antarctica

  • Insurance coverage – personal, medical, evacuation or otherwise