layering for Antarctica

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layering for Antarctica

Postby margaret46 » Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:12 am

I've seen a couple of posts that say "don't wear jeans" in antarctica. I've got the warm long-johns and the waterproof rain-pants. But what should I put between them. I own jeans, khakis, and polyester pants???
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Re: layering for Antarctica

Postby louicoo82 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:07 am

you are going to love this trip!! i went in dec 16. im someone who is always cold and had no problems on the boat. the rooms and inside general areas are all well heated so you can wear jeans or long pants on their own. keep in mind that if someone spots a whale or something exciting and you want to head outside you may want to consider adding some more layers
on the zodiac trips i wore thermal tights under my normal weight zip-legg hiking pants (i had come from treking inca) and waterproof ski pants over the top. tucked my bottom 2 layers into the boots and kept my ski pants over the boots. i dont recall anyone wearing waterproof rain pants (all were either ski or snowboard pants) but i could be mistaken. i wore 1 pair of thick wool socks but i did find that the longer you spent walking in deep snow the damper my feet would feel. my pants had elastic at the bottom which stopped most of the water getting in. really the only time you get the boots wet is coming and going from the boat when you have to clean them in the solution and if the boat doesnt quite make it onto shore at the landing. the guides also had boxes/steps in the zodiac to help us short people get on and off :)
we had really really really calm seas the whole time (yay!) so its possible that you might get a little wetter if its rough
enjoy!
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Re: layering for Antarctica

Postby burghgirl72 » Mon May 15, 2017 1:37 pm

I took lined and lightweight hiking pants because they were easier to wash during the trip with thermal layers underneath. I typically wore a base layer, hiking pants with my waterproof snow pants over and was quite comfortable. On top I wore a base layer and a fleece under my parka and that was all I needed. Thick wool socks are great for the landings as well. I took an extra pair in my backpack in case my feet got cold hiking through snow.

Some people did wear jeans but I noticed it more just hanging around on the ship rather than on our landings.
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Re: layering for Antarctica

Postby g_traveller_d1e69102 » Wed May 17, 2017 5:37 pm

I took waterproof rain pants and wore two layers of leggings under them most days, though added a pair of fleece pants when it was colder. On top, a baselayer, fleece jacket, and provided parka were plenty warm. Top with a hat, gloves and thick wool socks over a lighter pair of wool liner socks. I stashed a neck gaiter in my bag just in case but I think I used it maybe twice.
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