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To survive and operate in the polar regions the adventurer needs to make use of a variety of clothing items.

For 'on the move' I always wear thin thermal long johns and shirt and then a windproof jacket and salopettes. Sew in some fleece inside the thigh and knee area of your salopettes to provide extra protection. Attach 2 inch cords to all the zips - easier to use with mitts on! For when you take your breaks during the day carry a good quality duvet jacket.

For headwear I normally wear a very thin balaclava with another slightly thivker one at hand in case the wind increases or temperature drops further. A face mask is must in Antractica where the katabatic winds are a real problem. A useful tip is sew on a strip of fleece material to protect your nose and cheeks from windburn and frostbite. Just like the Inuit of northern Canada do make use of fur around the hood to help protect your face area.

Protecting your hands is crucial. Use wristlets, thin thermal gloves and then fleece or wool mitts. I alway wear a thin windproof mitt and sometimes ski with just my thermal gloves and the winproof mitt. Always carry spare gloves and mitts, and have these in your sledge somewhere easy to reach. A useful tip from the world of mountaineering is to attach short cords to your mitts and loop these around your wrist. You dont want to loose your mitts in the high winds.

For tent time it is nice to change into some comfortable and warm clothes. Carry a fleec jacket and trousers. In the tent use tent boots to keep your feet warm and allow them to relax after a hard days hauling.




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