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Planning Your South Pole / Vinson Combo: Five Tips To Do It Right
 
The South Pole / Vinson combination is an increasingly popular duo of polar expeditions and not only for adventurers doing the Explorers Grand Slam. It makes a lot of sense to combine Antarctica's two most popular expeditions into one departure - especially if you are smart about how you plan it.
 
The two big factors are the order of the expeditions (which goes first: the South Pole or Mt. Vinson?) and the timing (December? January?) Our South Pole / Vinson combo always kicks off in January with the South Pole first, followed by Vinson. Why? Here are five important reasons. 
Saturday, 13 April 2019 18:56

North Pole Season Cancelled

After many complications and delays, the entire season of North Pole expeditions has been cancelled. Early in April, flights to Barneo Ice Camp were delayed due to permitting issues with the Antonov-76. The flight providers were able to secure a Basler DC-3 to continue operations, but ultimately the Basler was unable to make flights to Barneo due to an extended period of unstable weather surrounding Longyearbyen and Barneo. In our 27 years of North Pole expeditions, we have never experienced a cancellation like this. The PolarExplorers guide team has been in Longyearbyen since the beginning of April preparing for our six North Pole expeditions, but without the ability to fly to the ice through Barneo, it is impossible to move forward. 

We are deeply disappointed that we won't be able to share this experience with all of our amazing team members who have dedicated so much time and effort preparing for these adventures. Our team is already looking forward to returning in 2020 for another opportunity to reach the top of the world. 

 

With less than two weeks until our North Pole season kicks off we are hard at work prepping and getting excited!

The first round of our guide team has arrived in Longyearbyen and are looking forward to welcoming the first of our team members in the coming days. Our Polar Shakedown Training will kick off on April 8, followed by our expeditions on April 13.

This is an exciting time for all involved! The world over gear is being organized, weighed and counted (then recounted!) Decisions are being made - should I take this hat? Or THIS hat?? It's all coming together for what will surely be an exciting time!

We hope you will check back regularly to follow the progress of our teams and to listen to their daily audio dispatches.  The first blog will be posted on April 13, 2019!

In the meantime you can meet our Last Degree Ski Teams here and our North Pole Flight team here.

Check back again on April 13!

 

Monday, 01 April 2019 16:36

Meet our North Pole Flight Team!

On April 13 our North Pole Flight team will kick off their exciting top-of-the-world adventure with a pre-flight briefing and, weather permitting, a flight to the North Pole on April 14. Follow their updates on our expedition blog staring on April 13!

 We'd like to introduce you to our 2019 North Pole Last Degree Ski Teams! These international teams will kick off their expeditions on April 13 in Longyearbyen, Norway. Make sure to bookmark our blog to read the daily updates and listen to the daily audio dispatches!

(Each team is color-coded)

 

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 20:47

North Pole Expeditions Coming Soon!

The 2019 North Pole season is just around the corner! Our expedition dispatches will start on April 13.

Make sure to bookmark this page to hear the latest from our teams!

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