Union Glacier Camp

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Union Glacier Camp
Antarctic seasonal camp
Union Glacier Camp, December 2013.
Union Glacier Camp, December 2013.
Location of Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica
Location of Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica
Union Glacier Camp
Location of Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica
Coordinates: 79°46′05″S 83°15′42″W / 79.768036°S 83.261666°W / -79.768036; -83.261666Coordinates: 79°46′05″S 83°15′42″W / 79.768036°S 83.261666°W / -79.768036; -83.261666
Location in Antarctica Heritage Range
Ellsworth Mountains
Union Glacier
Ellsworth Land
Operated by Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions
Named for Union Glacier
Elevation[1] 700 m (2,300 ft)
Population [1]
 • Total
  • Up to 160
Type Seasonal
Period Summer
Status Operational
  • Airstrip
  • Double occupancy tents
  • Two heated dining halls and living areas
  • Solar power
  • Iridium satellite phone service
  • Tented office/work space (by prior arrangement).
Website antarctic-logistics.com/services/camp-services/

The Union Glacier Camp is the only private seasonally occupied camp site located in Ellsworth Land in Antarctica. The camp is located in the Heritage Range, below the Ellsworth Mountains, on Union Glacier, that gives the camp its name.

Location and features[edit]

Map of Union Glacier.

The camp is operated by Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions LLC (ALE), a company that provides expedition support and tours to the interior of Antarctica.[2][3][4] The camp is situated near Union Glacier Blue-Ice Runway SCGC a rare, naturally occurring, blue ice runway[5] that allows wheeled jet cargo aircraft to land. Russian Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft regularly transport equipment and personnel to the camp. From Union Glacier Camp transportation to the South Pole, Vinson Massif, Hercules Inlet and other locations is by Twin Otter and Basler BT-67 ski planes. Union Glacier Camp replaced the earlier Patriot Hills Base Camp.

During the months of November to January, when the weather is the least hostile, jet charter flights are operated from Punta Arenas, Chile to the camp. Union Glacier is the site of the annual Antarctic Ice Marathon,[6] as well as the start of the World Marathon Challenge (7 Marathons on 7 continents in 7 days).[7]

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