Att Taenka Pa I Antarktis


Prepare for the cold

Even during the summer months, the temperatures can drop below minus-50 degrees, without the wind chill.

Stay covered in extreme cold

, down to the tip of your nose. Wind can flash freeze your skin instantly.

Stay hydrated

. The air in Antarctica is so dry that your body loses water just by breathing. You need at least six to eight liters a day to stay hydrated.

Eat fatty foods

. Your body needs calories to stay warm. Some people go through eight chocolate bars a day.

Always carry a survival bag

containing a tent, water, food and stove. If your plane crashes, it could take days for a rescue party to reach you.

Do whatever it takes to stay warm

, such as jumping jacks, sit-ups and swinging your arms around to get the blood flowing to your hands.

Watch out for everyone else

. You will notice a white patch of frozen skin on someone’s face before they do. And beware the “umbles!” That is Antartica talk for when a person starts mumbling and/or stumbling, which are signs that someone is getting hypothermia. In such cases, you need to get the person warm and get fluids into them.

Danger on the sea ice

The winter in Antarctica is so cold that it freezes the surface of the ocean. The resulting sea ice is an important place for researchers to work, but it is also extremely dangerous because of the danger of falling through a crack — or being on a piece of ice that breaks off and floats away.

Use your ice-auger (a drill) to determine ice thickness. If it’s less than 60 centimeters thick, it isn’t safe to work on.

Look for signs of seals, such as tracks, or feces. Seals mean that there could be cracks that are covered by snow. Poke your ice ax into the snow to test for cracks.

Watch the weather

Antarctica can have sustained winds of over 100 miles per hour, strong enough to blow away a small vehicle. Plus, snow can blow so hard that it is impossible to see your hand in front of your face. The weather also changes fast, and a clear, sunny day can become dangerous in minutes.

Watch the weather at all times.

If a storm is blowing in, build or get to a shelter.

Prepare your camp for heavy winds

. That means rigging tents with giant stakes and orienting them so that they won’t blow away.

Dig an emergency snow cave

. Never go anywhere without your shovel. If your camp is destroyed, it could save your life.

Train for whiteout conditions

with your team with exercises like putting a bucket over your head and practicing navigation by trying to move from tent to tent.