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Equipment List


Required Equipment

  • 1 x Sleeping Bag (rated to -40F, -40C) either down or synthetic. Down is lighter and will pack smaller. Synthetics are heavier and bulkier but are sturdier and less expensive. Get a full body-length bag with generous hood and easy closure system. Suggest: The North Face Inferno.
  • 1 x Pair knee high, winter boots (rated to -75°F, -60°C). Suggest: Baffin Impact, Sorel Glacier III, Acton Chimo. Make sure they have a high toe box to allow lots of insulation under your feet. They should be large enough to wear two pairs of thick socks and still wiggle your toes. Note: Many "winter boots" including some other Sorel models such as the Sorel Caribou are NOT warm enough for polar temperatures.
  • 1 x Mid-thigh-length down or synthetic parka with secure hood (rated to -40°F, -40°C). This jacket will be worn around Patriot Hills and at the South Pole. Suggest: The North Face Baltoro. Jackets supplied for cruises on the penninsula are not warm enough for Antarctica's interior.
  • 1 x Windproof pants. Antarctica is windy not wet. Suggest UN-coated nylon, Pertex, Goretex or Ventile (windproof cotton). Must fit over several layers of fleece clothing. Pants with side zips are easier to put on/take off over boots.
  • 1 x Windproof jacket. (See windpants above). Must fit over several layers of fleece clothing.
  • 1 x Pair of light hiking boots/shoes for around camp and inside dining tent.
  • 4 x Pairs of calf-length thick, warm wool/wool blend socks.
  • 2 x Pairs of thinner wool/synthetic socks, ankle length. A few pairs allow for regular changes.
  • 1 Set mid-weight wool/polypropylene thermal base layer top and bottom.
  • 1 Set heavyweight wool/polypropylene thermal base layer top and bottom.
  • Underwear x 3.
  • 2 x Long sleeve, warm wool/fleece shirts. Polartec 100.
  • 1 x Mid-weight wool/fleece/pile sweater. Polartec 200.
  • 1 x Heavyweight wool/fleece/pile sweater. Polartec 300. Suggest North Face Denali.
  • 1 x Pair warm wool/fleece/pile pants. Polartec 300 or Polartec 200 with Softshell.
  • 1 x Wool or Windstopper fleece hat with ear flaps.
  • 1 x Fleece neck gaiter or scarf. This can double up to give a variety of face and neck protection.
  • 1 x Pair sunglasses with cord and side flaps (or wraparound style).
  • 1 x Pair tinted ski goggles. These are essential for windy days. Note: Goggles are not readily available for purchase in Punta Arenas.
  • 1 x Pair windproof mitts with very warm insulated inner mitt. This inner mitt should be removable for drying.
  • 2 x Pairs mid-weight, Windstopper fleece gloves. These should be loose enough to permit good blood circulation, yet still allow reasonable dexterity so that you can keep them on when taking photos.
  • 1 Large duffle bag. A full length zip gives easy access to your belongings. Suggest: The North Face XL Duffle bag.
  • 1 x 1 litre water bottle with wide opening to use as a pee bottle.  Mark clearly. Suggest Nalgene as they DO NOT LEAK.
  • 1 x 1 litre water bottle with wide opening for drinking.
  • 1 x Sunscreen with the highest factor (Minimum SPF 30).
  • 1 x Lip screen with the highest factor (Minimum SPF 30).
  • Spare contact lenses or prescription glasses.
  • Personal toiletries; small towel and Wet Wipes; panty liners for women.
  • Personal medication. Enough for your trip, PLUS an additional 4 weeks' supply.

Optional Equipment

  • Cross Country ski boots.
  • Notebook, pen, pencils or drawing pad, reading material. (Patriot Hills has a small library of books).
  • Camera, film and/or tripod.
  • Video camera, battery charger, plug adaptor and spare batteries.
  • Day pack to use as carry-on bag for Antarctic flights and for day trips at Patriot Hills.
  • If in doubt, please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or advice. *We can offer a hire package on the first 4 items.