Polar Explorers: How do they dress themselves ?

Published on 30.10.2012 - The Coldest Journey (Sir Ranulph Fiennes & Team)

Winter crossing equipment

Winter crossing equipment

© Expedition website

We have seldom the opportunity to analyse in detail how all these polar adventurers/explorers dress themselves for their long trek on the ice. This time Fiennes' website has published a quite interesting article about the basic clothing of such an expedition.

It goes without saying that for a six month winter crossing of Antarctica, one has to study carefuly all the clothing possibilities that are availbale on the market today. The Coldest Journey' website says :  "... There is a huge amount of high-tech clothing options available on the market nowadays, and before we could settle on the best combinations of inner and outer gear for comfort, fit and function at variable work rates during the expedition we had to carry out extensive testing in the lab, cold chambers and in the field. To find out more about how the kit was selected, check out our Preparations and Training section. ... "

Here is how the expedition has called the different parts of the clothing :

  • 1 : Base Layers
  • 2 : Second Layer
  • 3 : Power Loom
  • 4 : Mid/outer Layer
  • 5 : Outer Layer - Option 1
  • 6 : Outer Layer - Option 2
  • 7 : Gloves
  • 8 : Headwear
  • 9 : Footwear


Discover more here and click 'Clothing Update'

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