Health & Fitness
Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and the ALE medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.
Level of experience required
To join our Climb Antarctica Expedition you need to be physically fit and be capable of strenuous exercise for several days’ duration. Expedition members can expect to be exerting themselves for about four-six hours per day and be capable of carrying a 25 kg pack.
Because the climbing is varied and we can tailor the objectives to meet your experience level, members with modest mountaineering backgrounds can join this expedition so long as they have some overall cold camping experience, some basic mountaineering skills and are reasonably fit.
Preparing for your climb
Effective high altitude mountaineering requires a good (specific) physiology for the activity and a solid mountaineering background. It is often unknown who will perform well up high and who will not. There have been many instances of technically brilliant mountaineers not being able to climb at altitude whilst less experienced climbers, who do operate well up high, excel.
Our Climb Antarctica allows flexibility to choose peaks at a range of altitudes and technical difficulty, climbing from Union Glacier at 700m, up to peaks around 3000m or more. Of course there is much we can do to prepare for the expedition through specific training for altitude and mountaineering. Check out our Fitness Training page for more detailed information.
What you carry on the mountain
In general you can expect to carry around 15kg (35lbs) pack and haul an additional 12kg (25lbs) in your sled if your objectives involve moving away to a secondary camp. On summit days your pack is light, less than 8kg (17lbs). This reinforces the need to take just the right amount of equipment with you on the mountain and to ensure you are ‘pack fit’ before you arrive on the expedition. Your guide will help with your equipment check in Punta Arenas, but you will need to arrive fit and ready to tackle the challenge ahead.