DAP deeply mourns the passing of a distinguished Antarctic explorer

Nov 11, 2023 | News

He served for over 20 years in the regional airline company. In his extensive career in the White Continent, two milestones stand out: being the first Chilean to conquer the summit of Mount Vinson and reaching the South Pole on foot.

Alejo Contreras Staeding embarked on his final journey to his last and ultimate adventure. His passing, at the age of 67, has deeply impacted DAP, the company to which he was connected for over 20 years, becoming an important pillar in the company’s operations in Antarctica.

Among Alejo Contreras’ main achievements in his extensive career as an Antarctic explorer, he was the first Chilean to conquer the summit of Mount Vinson (4,897 meters above sea level), the highest peak in Antarctica, in 1983. He was also the first to reach the South Pole on foot in January 1989.

“We deeply mourn this loss. Alejo was a symbol of DAP in our operations in Antarctica and an inspiration to many people. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. We will miss him greatly,” said Alex Pivcevic, President of the DAP Group.

Undoubtedly, a multifaceted man with a strong personality and life experiences that could fill several volumes. He will be remembered by all who knew him.

Funeral arrangements for Alejo Contreras will be announced in due course.

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In late September of this year, Alejo Contreras gave a lecture at the Santo Tomás Institute about his experience in Antarctica, for which he received well-deserved recognition.
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Alejo Contreras in one of his most recent adventures, climbing Cerro Paine.
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Alejo accompanying a group of visitors in Antarctica.
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