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Antarctic Fashion

November 18, 2014


Finally got all the Extreme Cold Weather gear (ECW) at the Antarctica center in Christchurch. The poster shows all the stuff we’re required to wear on the Ice Flight, the Air Force plane that lands on the Ross ice shelf. The outer layers are shown, but actually there are supposed to be four layers in all: thermal underwear, fleece over-wear, inner jacket, red jacket and wind pants. The “bunny boots” have air-pocket insulation and inch-thick soles. The problem is that you get on the ice flight in Christchurch, at 70 degrees F, fly eight hours, then step out into zero F.


If you want to get yours, there’s a whole warehouse full here in Christchurch. That’s Marie waving, so come on over and pick your “big red” (sorry it sounds like Denison). I did spot one purple inner coat there. Anyway, they have every possible size of everything.

The group I arrived with were there for all kinds of science and construction work, including seismometers. Not for earthquakes–for glacier quakes. In the morning, we all crowd into the cargo hold with our gear. BIOL 103 students are watching Encounters at the End of the World  by Werner Herzog. Much of what’s in that film I will be doing in the next few days.

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  1. November 18, 2014 5:51 am

    No changing space on the plane to add most of your gear at the last moment? Just curious. Good luck, Joan. Be safe. Fondly, Betty

  2. November 19, 2014 1:37 am

    What does it say about Antarctica that wearing a Red Shirt is mandatory?

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