Getting kitted out for Antarctica

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They day before we fly out to , we get kitted out by Antarctica New Zealand in Christchurch. It’s nice and warm in Scott Base (model of which is above) but outside it can range from a relatively pleasant 0°C to a less pleasant -57°C. And further afield it has been known to be as low as -90°C.

So Antarctica NZ make sure everyone travelling down has gear for all conditions.

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Their warehouse has a wide range of styles and colours, so long as they are orange!

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First to go on is the base layer. Thanks Icebreaker!

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Then the mid layer.

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Then the overalls.

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Then you out on the first jacket.

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Then a second jacket

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And finally a third jacket. And as we were in a well heated warehouse, you can imagine how hot I am at this stage!

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You also get two pairs of boots.

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And a headband, hat, balaclava and neck gaiter!

Plus of course three pairs of gloves and mittens.

I am now confident I can spend a long long time outdoors without being cold. If anything the danger is overheating.

Also you need to wear much of the gear for the flight down to Antarctica – you can’t just change into it once you land. This is in case you crash. So I’m expecting (I wrote this before I landed) a warm flight over!

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By chance there were some visiting huskies when I was in at the Antarctica Centre in Christchurch.

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I got to play with all seven of them. Such gorgeous dogs. I want one!

Then headed back to the airport hotel for dinner and the final sleep. Was glad to find the report in time on Friday had changed from 6 am to 8.30 am. Due to leave at 11 am and arrive at 7 pm. Will blog the flight separately.

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