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June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #1120
hi. i will be working as a new person in mcmurdo this october as a janitor. i have a few questions that may seem silly. the first one is are the mattresses in the dorms comfortable and fairly new or are they really old and badʔ i have a cantankerous back and if i sleep on a bad mattress it can get sore and unhappy. iʹve been thinking about bringing a cushy thermarest pad and a sleeping bag and sleeping on the floor if the mattress doesnʹt work for me.my second silly question is does the extreme cold weather clothing fitʔ i am a fairly petite woman. iʹm 5 feet tall and 110 pounds and i have size 5 feet. iʹm wondering if the gear will be huge on me or if there is gear for people my sizeʔ should i play it safe and bring my own small sized gearʔiʹd appreciate your answers to my silly questions…June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9544
hi mw,re: mattresses… is anybody ever really happy with a mattressʔ <ǃ-- s:-p --><ǃ-- s:-p -->they seem to replace the mattresses every few years — so they never get really bad. if you end up with an unacceptable mattress have a chat with housing, they may be able to give you a new one. oh wait ,youʹll be working for housingǃ (youʹll have the inside scoop on what you want and need.)as far as the ecw, youʹll find things that fit. not everything will be perfect (it isnʹt for anyone), but most will be good. try on everything when you first receive your clothes at the cdc in christchurchǃ take your time. if something doesnʹt work for you, just exchange it for a different size. you might want to bring your own favorite coat, socks, and long underwear, just for variety. and definitely bring some good hiking boots for walking around town (the roads and trails are lava rock and gravel).have fun,glennJune 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9545
just stumbled back across this forum & thought iʹd put in my $.02…i ditto glennʹs response re: mattresses. i inherited a memory foam mattress last season, which i enjoyed, but you may want to wait to check out the situation before spending money to mail something that bulky to the ice.re: clothing, couldnʹt agree more that you need to try on everything – no matter what you put on your “personal information” form, iʹve found that sizes vary a lot from item to item, so youʹll likely end up exchanging several items for a different size. you should probably also be prepared to roll up pant legs since even the smallest sizes will probably still be long on youǃiʹve also found that i donʹt end up wearing much of the issued gear on a regular basis – i bring my own lighter-than-big-red jacket, which i wear for most of the season, as well as socks, long underwear, and fleece, etc. i really only wear gear issue clothes on boondoggles or if we get some seroiusly bad weather.good luckǃJune 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9546
my ex (who is now in her fourth winter) is just under 5ʹ and about 100 pounds … they donʹt have big reds that fit that small and when she wears it she looks like sheʹs wrapped in a blanket. but itʹs warm. iʹd recommend you buy and wear your own warm coat (north face, mountain hardware) and pack big red with you on trips or hikes. i think everything else is available, but if you want to be comfortable you should get your own long underwear and socks. the issue boots should fit no problem. good luck.
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