ALE Cancels Antarctic Season

Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE) has just confirmed that the 2020-21 Antarctic season is cancelled because of COVID-19. On the ALE website, co-owner David Rootes wrote that travel restrictions in Chile and rising COVID-19 cases in the gateway city of Punta Arenas largely caused the cancellation.

This news kiboshes any guided or independent ALE clients climbing Vinson or other Antarctic mountains or skiing any South Pole routes. Clients who have already paid up can carry over their bookings to the 2021-22 season.

Other Antarctic experience companies who travel via Cape Town or truly independent travelers (think Mike Horn and his 2017 kite ski crossing) are perhaps the last hope for any Antarctic action this season.


Ash is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK. His words have featured in global outlets such as The Guardian, Outside Magazine and Red Bull. He works as a public health scientist by day and writes about the outdoors in his spare time. Ash's areas of expertise are polar expeditions, mountaineering, and adventure travel. For vacation Ash enjoys going on independent Arctic sledding expeditions. Read more at

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