On January 11, 2015, less than two weeks from now, I will embark on what could be the greatest travel adventure of my life. As part of the sailing crew on Bark Europa, I will cross the Drake Passage and sail to Antarctica from Argentina. I have no question that it will be a remarkable, life-changing voyage, but there are a few things that I can pack to make it more comfortable and warm. With the support of Whitecaps Marine Outfitters and Pilotur, I now have my packing complete.
Here is a list of all of the gear I’m packing for 22 days on board Bark Europa:
Gill OS2 Offshore Jacket
Gill Women’s OS2 Offshore Trousers
Gill Tall Yachting Boots
HT8 Windproof Fleece Hat
Gill i2 Women’s Leggings (x4)
Gill i2 Women’s Long Sleeve Base Layer (x4)
Gill Neoprene Socks (x3)
Gill L050 Waterproof Duffel Bag
Gill Thermal Hot Socks (x3)
Gill Extreme Gloves (x2)
Gill Spectrum Floating Sunglasses
Gill i4 Women’s Fleece Jacket
HT27 Women’s Beanie
Why Whitecaps Marine Outfitters? Whitecaps Marine Outfitters is the leader for great gear, great value, and great service. They offer a large variety of products and are a one-stop-shop for all my Antarctica clothing needs.
Why Gill? Gill clothing performs as well as any of the other higher-priced clothing companies with a sailing line yet the price point is significantly lower. They make ultra-technical marine clothing that is tested in their lab and on the water.
Pilotur Watch – A special subzero version of the HawkEye watch made from the Danish SAR Squadron (ESK 722). Straps include a black leather and a Nato (Velcro) strap that protects skin against frostbite.
Why Pilotur? Design input from famous explorers and adventurers such as Felicity Aston and Ripley Davenport and previous testing at the South Pole make a North of Denmark Pilotur watch the ideal fit for this trip and many of my 2015 adventures. The watch can withstand extreme temperatures of down to minus 40 degrees yet it still looks fantastic.It’s designed with inspiration from employees of the Danish Air Force and is used by employees at the Air Force Squadron 722 and 723.
Photography Gear (I wanted to upgrade my camera and lens kit and I thought about lens rental options but the extended time frame wasn’t a good rental match so I’ll go with what I have and make the best of it. I am; however, open to camera and lens suggestions for the near future.)
Canon EOS Rebel T5i
EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Zoom Lens
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens
GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition
64GB High Speed SDXC Class 10 (x2)
64GB Micro SDXC (x2)
XShot Camera Extender
Silk Lens Cleaning Cloth
Argentina Reciprocity Fee
I’m sure before the first week on Bark Europa is over, I’ll realize something that I forgot and I’m even more sure by the end of the trip, I will have a completely different list of things I wish I’d had with me. Am I forgetting something obvious? I’d love to hear your suggestions before I leave.