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One of the most common questions that I've received about my trip to Antarctica is about what I planned to wear, and it's certainly a reasonable question. In a previous post, I detailed the items that I was planning to pack, as well as the items I expected to receive from the United States Antarctic Program ECW (Extreme Cold Weather) stock.
First, it's not actually that cold here. Palmer is located on the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, so the weather tends to be much milder than it would be closer to the South Pole. The temperatures reached 29 degrees Fahrenheit today, although it will get colder later this winter.
However, keeping warm and dry is still very important, especially when fishing, so I've accumulated a fairly extensive loaned collection of USAP winter gear.
I love, love, love this jacket. It's waterproof, lightweight and extremely warm . At the moment, this jacket is often the only cold weather gear item that I need. If I could keep one ECW item, this would definitely be it.
Basically, I have enough winter gear to completely cover my face, if I desired. I don't actually use any of these items at the moment, but they could definitely be useful in the future - especially if I go out skiing. It's also great for snowy, windy days.
Some of the rooms in the lab (especially the fish aquaria room) can be cold, so layering is very important. The flannel shirt, an essential part of the unofficial Palmer uniform, was a find from Skua (the station's free thrift "store").
These aren't very warm on their own, but they keep the water out. The bright yellow color makes me feel like an official fisherwoman.
I love these rubber boots (right), and they will be perfect for fishing. However, I wish that I had purchased and brought my own winter boots (left). These boots don't fit very well and they're a bit bulky. Still, I'm definitely grateful for the added warmth.
I haven't actually used these yet, but I'll wear them for dissections and fieldwork. They're surprisingly comfy.
Lots of gloves. I've really only worn the rubber fishing gloves so far, but the others will come in handy as the weather gets colder.
Some of the items are a bit worn, but others are almost new. Other items that I received included thermal tops and bottoms, wool socks, a hat, a fleece jacket, and a pair of ridiculously comfortable fleece pants.
For more photos see Amanda's public album here, or follow her adventure on Twitter (@ambiederman, #AntarcticAdventures).