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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...

Explorer visits "three poles" in one calendar year

Explorer visits Oct 18th, 2010 at 12:30PM: Last Friday, polar explorer and mountaineer Eric Larsen completed a rare fall summit on Mt. Everest. For most climbers, that would be a big enough accomplishment for any given year, but for Larsen, it was simply the third, and final, leg of a major expedition that saw him become the first person to reach both the North and South Pole, as well as the summit of the highest mountain on the planet, in...

Australian ultrarunner to attempt pole-to-pole run

Australian ultrarunner to attempt pole-to-pole run Sep 16th, 2010 at 8:30AM: Australian ultramarathon runner Pat Farmer has announced that he plans to run from the North Pole to the South Pole in an attempt to raise money for charity. The endurance athlete, who once served a decade as a member of Australia's parliament, has already completed long distance runs around and across his home country, as well as across the United States twice. The expedition will get underway...

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,...

100 year-old whiskey dug up from Antarctic ice

100 year-old whiskey dug up from Antarctic ice Feb 5th, 2010 at 12:30PM: Back in November we reported a plan by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust to retrieve crates of whiskey left by Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team after on unsuccessful attempt to make it to the South Pole in 1907-1909. The Nimrod Expedition made it to within 100 miles of the Pole before harsh weather forced the explorers to retreat. They ditched much of their gear along the way, including...

Polar explorers complete first unassisted traverse of Antarctica

Polar explorers complete first unassisted traverse of Antarctica Jan 26th, 2010 at 8:30AM: Late last week, American Ryan Waters and Norwegian Cecilie Skog became the first team to make an unsupported/unassisted traverse of the Antarctic continent, covering more than 840 miles beginning at Berkner Island and ending at the Ross Ice Shelf, with a stop at the South Pole along the way. The pair set off on their journey back on November 13 of last year and reached their final destination...

International female team reaches South Pole

International female team reaches South Pole Dec 30th, 2009 at 5:00PM: Back in November, a group of seven women from a variety of countries around the globe set out on a long, and challenging journey. Calling themselves the Kaspersky Commonwealth Expedition, they left Patriot Hills, along the Antarctic coast, and over the course of the next 39 days, traveled more than 550 miles on skis, before arriving at their destination at the geographic South Pole yesterday. The...

Explorer hopes to visit "three poles" in one year

Explorer hopes to visit Nov 18th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Polar explorer Eric Larsen has just begun an epic adventure that will literally take him to the ends of the Earth over the course of the next year. Eric has set out on his Save The Poles Expedition, in which he plans to travel to the "three poles" within one calendar year. Those poles include the North and South of course, but also the summit of Everest, which is often referred to as the third...

Patriot Hills Antarctic base opens for 2009 season

Patriot Hills Antarctic base opens for 2009 season Nov 14th, 2009 at 8:00AM: The only privately owned Antarctic base opened for the 2009 season a few days ago, allowing explorers, scientists, mountaineers, and adventure travelers, access to the frozen continent for the first time since January. Commonly known as Patriot Hills, the base is operated by Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE), a company that supports the adventurous men and women who are traveling to the...

Antarctic dome to be decommissioned

Antarctic dome to be decommissioned Nov 12th, 2009 at 9:00AM: The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station has been conducting research in Antarctica for more than 50 years, and it has been the southernmost continually inhabited place on Earth over that period. For more than 30 of those years, the iconic image of the place has been that of a giant geodesic dome towering more than five stories above the ice. But now, the dome has been decommissioned, and is...

Abercrombie & Kent announce extreme adventures for 2010

Abercrombie & Kent announce extreme adventures for 2010 Sep 1st, 2009 at 8:00AM: Adventure travel specialist Abercrombie & Kent have announced their "extreme" adventures for 2010, offering up 15 amazing opportunities for travelers looking for unique experiences, provided of course they also have plenty of cash to pay for them. No matter what kind of adventure you crave, you're sure to find it on this list. For instance, you can head off into the desert on an eleven day...

First tourist trips to the South Pole

First tourist trips to the South Pole Dec 9th, 2007 at 1:30PM: In today's over-traveled world, I've always just assumed that tour operators can take clients to every corner of the globe. Apparently the South Pole, however, has always been an exception--until now, that is. The news out of London is that a British travel outfitter will be the first company to take tourists all the way to the South Pole. According to the Telegraph, Discover the World already...

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