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13 Days* Mt Sidley - Volcanic Seven Summits

 

Travel date: 17 Dec - 29 Dec 2013

 

Day 1: Fly to Antarctica

Depart from Punta Arenas, Chile. Fly 4 ¼ hrs to Antarctica by private transport jet. We will land on our ice runway and settle in at Union Glacier Camp.

Days 2-3: Expedition Preparations

Review expedition plan with your guides. Climb small peaks near camp to acclimatize and to get to know your climbing team.

 

Day 4: Fly to Mount Sidley

Fly 550 miles (885km) over the vast emptiness of West Antarctica to the Executive Committee Range. Our ski aircraft lands near Mount Sidley and we will establish base camp at approximately 6700 ft (2042m), below the imposing bulk of the mountain.

 

Days 5-9: The Ascent

Mount Sidley offers several interesting route options, including a longer easy ascent from the north side and a steeper climb up the west ridge from the Bennett Saddle. The route that you climb will be decided by your team and your guide, based on the group's skill and experience.

From base camp to the summit involves approximately 7300 ft (2225m) of elevation gain. We climb alpine style, setting two intermediate camps on the mountain and carrying all of our food and equipment with us. We may ski to low camp on hard packed, windblown snow, but most of the climb will be done with crampons.

Summit day offers spectacular views as we follow the summit ridge along the rim of the caldera. Below us, the sheer walls of the Weiss Amphitheater drop away 4000 ft (1200m) and neighbouring Mount Waesche tempts us with its snowy slopes. We weave our way between a maze of fantastical ice 'mushrooms'. These snow features are formed by wind and moisture depositing rime ice on small obstacles, evolving into massive structures over the years. Following our summit we return to high camp, and then we will retrace our steps back to our base camp.

 

Days 10-11: Weather Days

Optional ascent of Mount Waesche or some of the other satellite peaks in the area, if time and weather allow. These days also provide a buffer for weather delays.

Day 12: Return to Main ANI Camp

Fly back to Union Glacier Camp. Celebrate our achievement with a glass of champagne and a delicious fresh meal prepared by our chefs.

 

Day 13* Return to Punta Arenas, Chile

The aircraft from Punta Arenas will arrive with a new group of avid explorers, and you will depart for the final leg of your Antarctic experience. Our ANI staff will meet you at Punta Arenas airport and transfer you to your hotel.

* Schedule
No two Antarctic experiences are exactly the same. This is part of the excitement and adventure of Antarctic travel. The itinerary above highlights typical activities and experiences. Exact timeline and details will vary from trip to trip. Trip length may vary by departure.

Please anticipate delays and do not plan anything for at least a week after your scheduled return. Allow yourself to enjoy this unique experience without the stress of pending commitments.

 

Experience includes:

  • Transfers to and from Punta Arenas airport, Chile
  • Briefing with refreshments in Punta Arenas one day prior to departure
  • Round trip flights from Punta Arenas to Antarctica
  • All flights within Antarctica as shown in your itinerary
  • Meals and accommodation while in Antarctica
  • Expedition Guide(s) (and naturalist or lecturer on some Experiences)
  • Use of recreational equipment at Union Glacier Camp
  • Official and personalised ANI Certificate of Achievement
  • A Baggage allowance of up to 55lbs (25kg) on Punta Arenas-Union Glacier flight

(Baggage allowance of up to 66lb (30kg) for Ski South Pole Hercules Inlet, Messner and Footsteps of Amundsen Expeditions)

 

Experience DOES NOT include:

  • Commercial flights to and from Punta Arenas
  • Flights within Antarctica, other than those shown in itinerary
  • Meals and accommodation in Punta Arenas
  • Airport transfers other than in Punta Arenas
  • Personal equipment and clothing (polar clothing is available for rent from ANI for some Experiences)
  • Expenses incurred in Punta Arenas due to delays
  • Any excess baggage costs over confirmed baggage allowance
  • Cost for the use of satellite phone whilst in Antarctica
  • Insurance coverage – personal, medical, evacuation or otherwise