Antarctic Basecamp Adventure
Antarctic Peninsula, Polar, 13 days - from £4,795 (land only) - from €5,500 (land only) - from $7,910 (land only)
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Note that a maximum of 20kg is allowed on the internal flight between Buenos Aries and Ushuaia. Please restrict your baggage to one main bag and a small daypack. Dress on board is informal. Beware of tight clothing that leaves no room for trapped air, which is an excellent insulator. Wool, silk and some of the new synthetic fibers, like polar fleece, retain heat better than cotton.
You must bring the following items:
Causal shoes / Trainers / Sneakers or similar for onboard
Rubber boots (Wellington boots)*
Socks (Warm, high wool or similar socks worn over a thin pair of silk, polypropylene socks should provide enough warmth and insulation for your feet. Bring several pairs of socks, since you will inevitably get your feet wet)
Waterproof & Windproof jacket
Trekking trousers / pants
Long johns (thermal underwear)
Baselayer shirts / fleece
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Scarf and/or neck gaiter
Gloves or mittens (Thin polypropylene gloves under warm outer gloves is a good combination)
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 Litre (1 Quart) x1
Washbag and toiletries
Daypack/Rucksack 25 litres
Selection of dry bags (to keep rucksack contents dry)
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
Warm jacket (down)
Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, and plasters (band-aids). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.
The following items are optional:
Warm Ski pants
Camera (in a dry bag), film/memory cards, batteries
Penknife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
Snowshoes are provided. You can make use of the supplied rubber boots to attach the snowshoes to or you may wish to wear waterproof ankle height walking boots
Waterproof ankle height walking boots & gaitors (see note above)
Please ensure your rucksack/backpack has straps to tie snowshoes to when not in use.
Mountaineering boots (B2 Min)
Suitable additional clothing: Down jacket / mountain gloves / balaclava / salopettes / socks etc
*Helmet, Ice-axe, Crampons (with anti-balling plates fitted), Climbing harness, Karabiners
Camping & Mountaineering:
Pee bottle: e.g. a wide opening Nalgene bottle (special adaptors for ladies are available).
Rubber boots / Wellington boots:
Complimentary waterproof boots are supplied for the following sizes:
Mens USA size 8-14 / UK size 7 to 13 ½ / Europe 41 to 48 ½
Womens USA size 3 to 9 / UK size 1 to 6 ½ / Europe 33 to 40
If you have different feet sizes to these you should bring your own rubber boots. These should be rubber, waterproof boots that are just below your knee with a strong, ridged non-skid sole.
You need to take a pair of warm and reasonably substantial mountain boots that are sufficiently rigid to be securely fitted with crampons. The B2 (semi-rigid) boot rating is appropriate.
Crampons, ice axe, helmet and harness with karabiner are all provided along with all ropes and snow shovels etc. If you wish to take your own crampons, helmet, ice axe and harness you are welcome, but it is not necessary.
Walking shoes - There is the opportunity to sightsee around Ushuaia. If you intend to make the most of these opportunities, you should make sure that you take suitable footwear.
If you are interested in the polar diving option please call the office for details of personal equipment required.