Antarctica, Mount Sidley Expedition (4285m)


Antarctica, Mount Sidley Expedition (4285m)

Do you dream of the unexplored and crave the extraordinary? This is the ultimate mountaineering expedition to Mount Sidley 14,058 ft (4285m), Antarctica’s highest volcano. The majestic, mostly-snow-covered peak features a 3 mile (5km) wide caldera and spectacular, sheer walled amphitheater, created by an explosive eruption 4.7 million years ago. Blue ice slopes guard the upper mountain and fantastical snow ‘mushrooms’ create an elaborate maze leading to the summit. Mount Sidley’s spectacular and remote setting, exploratory climbing, and its status as one of the Volcanic Seven Summits make it a ‘must do’ for adventurous mountaineers.

 


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Itinerary

MOUNT SIDLEY Climb Antarctica’s highest volcano, one of  The Volcanic Seven Summits

Arrival in Punta Arenas

Please arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile two full days prior to your scheduled departure date for Antarctica. An Ascent Explorers representative will meet you at Punta Arenas airport and transfer you to your hotel. Flight Preparations This will be the trip of a lifetime and we want to ensure that you are well prepared to enjoy it to the fullest. We will agree a time to check your Antarctic clothing to ensure nothing has been inadvertently forgotten. We also ask that you attend an Antarctic briefing where we will explain environmental and safety procedures, departure logistics, and what to expect on your arrival in Antarctica. The briefing will be followed by refreshments and there will be time to ask any questions you may have and get to know your fellow travelers. We will collect your checked baggage and load the aircraft one day prior to your scheduled departure—ready for an early start the following day.

Day 1 Fly to Antarctica We will call you at your hotel in the morning to advise you of current conditions in Antarctica. If the weather is suitable for our Antarctic flight, we will pick you up at your hotel by bus. At Punta Arenas airport we board our private transport jet for the 4 1/4 hour flight to Antarctica. Our route crosses
the Drake Passage, then follows the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the spine of the Ellsworth Mountains. We land on a natural ice runway on Union Glacier. And here you take your first steps in Antarctica. Climb aboard one of our specially- adapted 4×4 vans for the 5 mile (8 km) shuttle to our main camp where a hot meal awaits. Our friendly staff will provide a welcome briefing and show you to your sleeping accommodation.

Days 2-3 Expedition Preparations Our expedition team will meet in the morning to review logistics with our guide, then will begin expedition preparations. Mount Sidley lies in the Executive Committee Range about 550 miles (885km) from ANI’s camp. We will spend a couple of days climbing small peaks near Union Glacier Camp to acclimatize to Antarctic conditions, get to know our team, and fine tune our mountaineering skills before setting off for this extremely remote destination.

Day 4 Fly to Mount Sidley Today, weather permitting, we fly to Mount Sidley. The flight takes about five hours over the vast emptiness of West Antarctica. Our ski aircraft lands near Mount Sidley and we establish base camp at approximately 6700 ft (2042m), below the imposing bulk of the mountain.

Days 5-9 The Ascent Mount Sidley has had a limited number of ascents and the opportunity for exploration and new routes is wide open. The mountain 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 we climb will be decided by our team and guide, based on the group’s skill and experience. From base camp to the summit of Mount Sidley involves approximately 7300 ft (2225m) of elevation gain. We climb alpine style, setting intermediate camps on the mountain and carrying all of our food and equipment with us. We may ski to low camp, but most of the climb will be done with crampons. The slopes of the mountain are wind- blown, with hard packed snow and
sections of blue ice. Gentle slopes near the base give way to steeper terrain higher up. 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 neighboring Mount Waesche tempts us with its snowy slopes. We weave our way between a maze of fantastical snow ‘mushrooms’. These snow features are formed by wind and moisture depositing rime ice on small obstacles, over the years evolving into massive structures. Following our summit we return to high camp, then 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 in case delays getting to, or climbing the mountain. Day 12 Return to Union Glacier We pack up and fly back to Union Glacier, where a celebration meal awaits and we settle back into the comfort of camp. Day 13* Return to Punta Arenas The aircraft from Punta Arenas will arrive with a new collection of avid explorers and you depart for the final leg of your journey. Our AE staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 12 Return to Union Glacier We pack up and fly back to Union Glacier, where a celebration meal awaits and we settle back into the comfort of camp. Day 13* Return to Punta Arenas The aircraft from Punta Arenas will arrive with a new collection of avid explorers and you depart for the final leg of your journey. Our ANI staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 12 Return to Union Glacier We pack up and fly back to Union Glacier, where a celebration meal awaits and we settle back into the comfort of camp.

Day 13* Return to Punta Arenas The aircraft from Punta Arenas will arrive with a new collection of avid explorers and you depart for the final leg of your journey. Our ANI staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

 

 

Location

Fact File: Highest volcano in Antarctica  Height: 14,058 ft (4285m)

Location: 77″ 02S 126″ 06W

Discovered Nov 18, 1934 by Admiral Richard Byrd on an airplane flight First

Recorded Ascent: Jan. 11, 1990. Bill Atkinson (NZ), while   working in support of a USAP scientific field party Highest of five extinct volcanoes that comprise the Executive Committee Range



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Prices, Booking and Terms & Conditions

The total cost for this expedition is £ and a deposit of £ is required to secure your place. For further information concerning our Terms and Conditions, bookings and cancellations, please refer to our Terms and Conditions page (Opens in new window).

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Participation & Accuracy Statement

Ascent Explorers recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. Although it is our intention to operate this itinerary as printed, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops and the duration of the day may vary from those outlined. You should be aware that some events are beyond our control and we would ask for your patience.

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