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Antarctic skier evacuated from the ice

Antarctic skier evacuated from the ice Dec 1st, 2011 at 8:00AM: An Antarctic skier on an expedition to the South Pole became seriously ill last weekend, prompting an emergency evacuation from the ice. The story underscores some of the potential dangers with adventure travel and the issues that can arise when visiting a remote destination. Kathy Braegger traveled to Antarctica to join a group of four other adventurers who are making their way from the Ronne...

Travelers stranded in Punta Arenas, Chile due to strikes, road blocks

Travelers stranded in Punta Arenas, Chile due to strikes, road blocks Jan 18th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Thousands of travelers were left stranded in Punta Arenas, Chile over the past few days due to protests, general strikes, and road blocks throughout the region. Unrest exploded in the area late last week when the Chilean government announced plans to raise the price of fuel by 17%, which caused riots in the street and closed off traffic both in and out of the city. Strikes and protests were also...

New Antarctic base opens for adventure travelers

New Antarctic base opens for adventure travelers Nov 12th, 2010 at 9:00AM: Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE) has opened a new base of operations in Antarctica that will serve as a launching point for mountaineers looking to climb nearby peaks, explorers skiing to the South Pole, and other adventurous travelers looking to experience the frozen continent. The outpost is located at Union Glacier and replaces a similar base, known as Patriot Hills, that had been in...

Visit the South Pole with Abercrombie & Kent

Visit the South Pole with Abercrombie & Kent Aug 30th, 2010 at 8:00AM: In January of 1909, the famous British explorer Ernest Shackleton made an attempt to become the first man to reach the South Pole. He, and his three companions struggled mightily against the elements, but eventually were turned back just 97 miles short of their goal. That expedition established a new record for the furthest distance traveled south, and upon his safe return home to England,...

Five things you didn't know about Chile

Five things you didn't know about Chile Nov 26th, 2008 at 8:30AM: Having recently returned from a fantastic trip to Chile, I feel compelled to spread the good news about this long, thin pencil of a country. I've already sung the praises of its Torres del Paine National Park-- now here are five more reasons to make Chile your next travel destination. 1. The Atacama Desert, the driest spot in the world. There are some spots in this desert where precipitation has...

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