From the latest Mountain Club of SA newsletter...
8.4) ANTARCTICA: Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE), who is handling
the logistics for expeditions flying in from Punta Arenas, Chile, will be
operating from a new blue-ice runway and re-furbished camp at Union Glacier
(79° 45'S 083° 14'W), 70km north-west of their runway of the past 20 years,
Patriot Hills, which will now become their secondary runway. The new, into
wind runway will allow a more predictable flight schedule, less likelihood
of delays and enhanced logistic support in Antarctica.
A new Union Glacier Camp has been located at the base of Mt Rossman,
8km from the runway. The camp setting is spectacular. Scenic peaks rise in
all directions providing many opportunities for technical climbing, scenic
hikes, and ski touring. Surprisingly for Antarctica, there is often little
wind at camp, providing a comfortable environment to relax and take it all
in. On landing, guests will be directed to a new heated passenger terminal,
where they will pick up a shuttle service to the camp. Two new,
specially-adapted 4x4 passenger vans will be used for passenger shuttles.
The completely refurbished base camp now offers the height of Antarctic
field comforts for up to 80 guests. ALE has made a significant investment in
infrastructure and at each stage of the planning process has considered how
to improve environmental standards; enhance guests experience; and improve
operational efficiency. Complimentary meal service is now provided in the
Guide Complex at Union Glacier Camp for Guide Companies, expeditions, and
non-guided groups. Union Glacier is an active glacier with a number of
crevassed areas, so they have groomed and marked a snow road network around
the camp and blue-ice runway, and to the main areas for guest activities.
The whole area will be zoned to indicate safe and unsafe areas to work and