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Mount-Elbrus Guided Trip

We contract ALE (Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions) to fly us from Punta Arenas, Chile to the Antarctic continent in their Russian Illysian Jet airplane. We land on a natural ice runway where ALE maintains a camp and logistics station. From here we transfer to smaller Canadian made Twin Otters, which take us to the Mt. Vinson base camp. On any trip to Antarctica one must remember that weather is the ultimate decider, Delays on each leg of this journey are the norm. A perfect trip, Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas is 10 days, but expect on average two weeks with delays.
 
We climb during the months of December and January, Antarctica’s summer. During this time of year we benefit from 22 hours of sunlight and many high pressure systems. Temps can range between 20 degrees F and -40 degrees F. When the sun is out, and the winds are calm it’s a very comfortable place, but it can also be a desperately cold unforgiving environment when the weather changes. The climbing up Mt. Vinson’s normal route is not technically difficult, but the cold dry air and southerly latitude make it not one to be taken lightly.
 
Of all the expeditions I have led around the world, guiding in Antarctica is possibly the most personally rewarding. Antarctica is an extremely beautiful, and unique mountain environment of mind blowing scenery and extreme conditions. Mt. Vinson’s remoteness adds an adventure aspect that is rare, even in mountain climbing.
 
Technical Gear
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Personal Equipment
  • BACKPACK 30 LITER: Simple and lightweight.
  • 20 DEGREE F SLEEPING BAG: Note that down is not really appropriate for this environment.
  • INFLATABLE SLEEPING PAD:: Full length and insulated recommended. Make sure it holds air.
  • HYDRATION SYSTEM and 1 WATER BOTTLE: The Hydration system works well on the climb, the bottle is for extra capacity and for camp and tent use.
  • Sunscreen and Lip screen: New and at least 70 SPF
  • Toiletry Bag: Tooth brush, tooth paste, toilet paper, hand sanitizer.
  • Small Personal First Aid Kit: Keep it simple and small.
  • Malaria medicine: Malaria meds are highly recommended.
  • Umbrella: This might seem strange, but we highly recommend.
  • Large Duffel Bag (1): Porters will carry this bag.
  • Small Duffel Bag (1): This will be used to store travel clothing in Timika.
  • Camera Gear: Keep this simple.
  • Bali is a City on the beach so bring what you think appropriate for Pre and Post trip play in Bali.