Since 2011, I have been spending November to April each year working for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on Signy Island in the South Orkney Islands, Antarctica. I work as a Zoological Field Assistant on the penguin and seal long-term monitoring programme. Before this, I spent 2.5 years on the sub-Antarctic island of Bird Island, South Georgia, in the South Atlantic.

This blog gives readers an insight into my day-to-day life in the Antarctic, from my first trip south in 2008 to the present day.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Antarctic Clothing

Today i was kitted out with all my Antarctic clothing. Typically it was the hottest day we've had since i arrived in Cambridge. This was fine when trying on thermals and base layers, but as more layers were added including padded boilersuits, sallopettes, waterproofs and ski goggles, it started to seem like it would be a good idea to have a giant freezer room to try things on in to give an idea of warmth! Eventually my gear was all packed into a huge orange bag and put in a big pile ready to go on the ship next week. I will have access to it as soon as i join the ship in the Falklands. I then went to visit the packing sheds to see the size of the boxes i have for my personal kit, which i'm hoping to have packed and ready by Tuesday.

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