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Antarctic Adventure Skiing – Required Equipment
Modern gear is of such excellent quality nowadays, it’s hard to go far wrong. Our aim here is to
recommend clothing and equipment that will keep you comfortable across the range of temperatures and
conditions that you will encounter while ski-touring in the Ellsworths. Remember that the right equipment
is not only important for your own safety and that of your partners, it will also help you enjoy your
adventure far more.
We appreciate that many of you have previous skiing experience in cold environments like Alaska or
Canada. It may be that your systems have performed successfully. Regardless we still advise you to use
the following systems, which have been fine-tuned by guides experienced in the polar regions.
In the Ellsworths, the main issues are the combined effects of the extreme Antarctic cold and wind.
However the solar radiation can also make for warm conditions when skinning uphill! So the key to
dressing successfully for these conditions lies in the layering of multiple lighter weight layers. This allows
you to adjust to temperature and wind changes over the course of the day so that you neither get too
cold nor too hot and begin to sweat.
Wear a light or mid-weight thermal made of polyester or merino (Patagonia’s Capilene is a favorite) – a
lighter weight fabric allows moisture to travel away from the core as fast as possible. Remember to wear
underwear made of a similar material; women tend to find sports bras or polyester camisoles to be a
comfortable option. Cotton is definitely not acceptable.
Top: Depending on your body temperature, you may find a heavier-weight Capilene or Powerstretch base
Legs: Depending on the time in the season, most of us wear