In addition to the United States Antarctic Program’s presence at the South Pole with the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, other “non-governmental organizations” are also permitted to have a small presence at the pole. For these NGOs, there’s a very specific marked area that they’re allowed to camp in, and their access to the south pole station is limited. This season, Adventure Network International setup their south pole basecamp in support of incoming ANI expeditions – both ski expeditions, as well as tourist flights.
The ANI folks are great, and run a very solid operation. Their camp, while portable and temporary, is top notch, with sleeping facilities, a galley, bathrooms, and power generation. During their time here, I had the opportunity to meet a few of the camp staff members while giving them tours of the South Pole Station, and also got my own tour of their camp. A few pics of the ANI NGO Camp at the South Pole:
Approaching the NGO Camp Area from the south pole station – it’s about 1/2 mile away from the station.
ANI’s campsite, fully setup. You can see the main meeting and mess tent, as well as their supply tents.
Between tents are the solar power arrays, snow melter, and other equipment.
Camp staff sleeping quarters.
Inside the main tent, complete with galley, eating area, and heater. Actually quite comfy!
Find out more about ANI’s expeditions to the South Pole, as well as the rest of Antarctica on their website.