Most people who venture out into the cold nowadays have at least heard about layering. The beauty of a good layering system is the ability to adapt it to any conditions or type of activity. Are you doing it right? If you’re still struggling to find the right combination of clothing for a given activity, maybe this will help.
Next to the Skin
Keep your first layer light and comfortable.
When choosing your baselayer, keep in mind you’re going to be wearing it all the time. You’ll want something close fitting but not restrictive. When in doubt choose a thinner layer, because it’s much easier to add a layer than to change into a lighter base layer during the middle of the day. The main function of the base layer is moisture management. You need a fabric that will wick moisture well. Wool is best, but there are good synthetic options out there too. However, wool is vastly superior when it comes to odor management as well (something your tent mates will thank you for). Your baselayer is the foundation of comfort for any cold weather activity so don’t skimp on it. You’ll likely be wearing it for days at a time and be sleeping in it too.
In the world of extreme adventuring, there is always another expedition to be had. Always another mountain to climb, route to accomplish, or journey to experience. However, there is one achievement that many world class adventurers strive for, The Explorers Grand Slam. The Explorers Grand Slam combines climbing the tallest mountain on every continent (The 7 Summits) and skiing at least the Last Degree to the North and South Poles. Each of these expeditions is a challenge in its own right, but most often adventurers complete the 7 summits before continuing on to the Poles. Spending that much time on mountains will turn any climber into an expert, but the North and South Pole offer some distinctly different challenges that can pose a serious threat to those unprepared for the experience.
We asked Ian Clarke (shown LEFT) and John Dahlem (shown RIGHT), both expert expeditioners and Grand Slam completionists, to weigh in on the differences between their Polar Expeditions and 7 Summits. Hopefully their advice will help you in your journey to The Explorers Grand Slam.
One of our favorite adventures isn't at the top or bottom of the world (though Svalbard is pretty close!) but is is all about how you GET to the top or bottom of the world. If you are looking for a good adventure, even if you have no aspirations of traveling to the North or South Poles, our Polar Shakedown Training can shake up your life in all sorts of good ways. Here are five reasons to put our Polar Shakedown Training on your bucket list.
It was another tough day on the Greenland icecap. It was made that way mostly by the fresh, deep snow. The visibility was terrible again but towards the afternoon they got some breaks with a little sunshine. Oh what a sight!