What Do You Wear in the Antarctic


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    iʹm curious to know the typical layers of clothing worn when you are outside. is a single appropriate jacket sufficient, or must you wear several layersʔ do you feel like a blimpʔ do you wear, for example, the mcmurdo jacket made by north face (heh heh)ʔ iʹm only half kidding. i wonder whether you buy the usual commercial winter clothing that is available to all of us or whether you need specially made jackets, gloves, hats, boots, socks, pants, etcʔ can you ever let your flesh be exposed to the airʔ or only at certain times of the year.thank youhorizon

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    the answer depends on where you are, what the weather is doing, and the time of the year.all the clothing is off-the-shelf stuff that you can buy commercially. the extreme cold weather (ecw) gear is typically a large parka, a wind breaker, a variety of long underwear and thermal pull-overs, gloves and mittens, wind pants, hats, goggles, and cold weather boots. the white rubber bunny-boots tend to be the most exotic thing, although theyʹre available from outdoor outfitters like cabalʹs (spʔ). many people also get insulated carhartt jackets and bibs as well.as to what you actually wear… is is summer or winterʔ are you near the coast, at mcmurdo (which is near the coast but typically frozen-in), or inlandʔ inland temps will be 30-60f colder than near the coast. if itʹs winter or the wind is blowing hard, you may wear all of the ecw. if itʹs summer at mcmurdo and youʹre just working around station, a windbreaker, jeans and hiking boots may be enough.right now at the pole itʹs toasty, about -20f most days with a light wind. if iʹm outside for a half hour or less i wonʹt bother with all the gear, iʹll just wear jeans and hiking boots with the parka (iʹm a wimp). in about a month the temp will drop to -50f or colder and iʹll be wearing everything.g

    #9656
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    wow. fascinating. and to think i bundle up like that for our 28 degree temps of today. iʹm humbled.horizon

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    @horizon wrote:

    wow. fascinating. and to think i bundle up like that for our 28 degree temps of today. iʹm humbled.horizon

    clothing on the ice. brings back memories of deep-freeze i. as a member of the icebreaker eastwind in 1955 i can only recall two parkas for the whole ship. the skipper had one, he may have purchase his own. the other was used to have our picture taken in. i remember lining up and as we approached the camera one man at a time, the parka was handed to us to put on for the picture and then handed off to the next man. we knew if we didnʹt make it back our widows would get a nice picture of us bundled up. i was thankful for the new foul weather jacket, usually snipes got the deck force cast offʹs semper par….

    #9658
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    holy smokes daveǃ thatʹs pre-igy. you saw antarctica before, well, just about everybody else on planet earth. (with regards to the heroic-age explorers and adm. byrdʹs team.)the stations have changed, to say the least. iʹm happy to say that, for the most part, the continent is probably much the same as you saw it then.thanks for checking inǃg

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    @glenn wrote:

    holy smokes daveǃ thatʹs pre-igy. you saw antarctica before, well, just about everybody else on planet earth. (with regards to the heroic-age explorers and adm. byrdʹs team.)the stations have changed, to say the least. iʹm happy to say that, for the most part, the continent is probably much the same as you saw it then.thanks for checking inǃg

    yep, older than shelf ice (ha) adm byrd was along with us, but adm. dufek was the guy that made things happen, the eastwind was flag for a little while. the seabeeʹs were building huts for the igy who were coming the next year when i got on the ice and saw scottʹs hut from 1904, iʹd guess itʹs still there. glad for your reply,

    #9660
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    personally, i was partial to white chuck taylor all stars, merino wool underwear (ah, nz…) and whatever kept me comfortable and warm. pulling 14 months at pole, itʹs “whatever makes you happy…”

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