GOLF 1-8-2 Antarctica Expedition 2006/2007
Keeping Warm in Antarctica – Happy Camper Survival Training
The kind of weather they have in here is unlike any other weather in the world. It has the potential of becoming wickedly cold, wickedly quickly, but worse than the temperature is the wind! Thankfully, as part of our training, we’ve learned how to deal with ice, wind, sun and snow – all the harsh elements of this wintry white continent …
Cold Injuries and Keeping Warm in Antarctica
The mean air temperature around McMurdo is 20°C below, and since frostbite, hypothermia and snow blindness are ailments worth avoiding, it is important we take proper measures to prevent exposure. We keep warm by wearing our extreme cold weather gear, lots of layers (no cotton, which holds onto moisture), and by eating frequently to constantly fuel our own internal combustion engines (our bodies). Not only do we try to stay warm, we also try to stay dry. On a cold day, any sweat or moisture will freeze instantaneously, which is most uncomfortable – or so we’re told. It is also important that we protect our eyes. Ice and snow are very reflective, and we are at high risk for "snow blindness" if we don’t wear full protective sunglasses or glacier goggles. On that same note, we always slather on the sunscreen to avoid serious sunburn. Not only are we responsible for ourselves, we are also responsible for checking in with other members of our team to make sure that we are all fully hydrated, warm, and happy while doing our field work.
What to do When the Weather Turns
Every time we go out into the field we lug around
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