The following is a list of the Gear and personal items that
we recommend for you to take with you on your Expedition to the North Pole.....
(This List is intended for ALL Expedition
Groups except the SKI Expeditions)
(for the Ski Group, you must go to "Ski Clothing KIT
LIST" located on the "Ski the Last Degree WebPage !!)
(Just print this page off, and check these items off as you
I.) Baggage Size and Limits:
A) 2 Duffel Bags or Soft Luggage Bags
(checked Bags) Both weighing up to 70 lbs. each.
Bag # 1
is 62" (sum of Length+Width+Height)
Bag # 2 is 56"
B) Two- carry on bags up to 45 lbs. And
C) Optional: One or two compression
bags-compresses your clothing smaller.
When you leave Svalbard you will put on your
"Arctic Outfit" and take only one large duffel bag to the North Pole.
II.) Arctic Outfit and Gear:
We are simply making suggestions and by no means
endorsing any brand or exact clothing material or type. But below are types of
clothing that we have had a proven track record of knowing will work in these
type of conditions.
If you choose to purchase clothing from Northern Outfitters, make sure that you
tell them that you are part of the Global Expedition Adventures, Inc. North Pole
Group. They will give you a little bit off the prices. Watch out some prices of
theirs, as well as other companies can be very expensive, if it seems out of
your budget or you have any questions, feel free to contact us first and we can
steer you straight.
A) Arctic Clothing: - Rated
Clothing to -45* Fahrenheit - (This clothing is required to be warn at the North
Pole to protect your body against the extreme cold and weather). Typical
temperature is between 0* and -20* degrees Fahrenheit but wind chill may
drop temperature to -40* to -65* degrees F). So this gear must be rated for -45*
Fahrenheit, not less!! this gear is formerly known as EXP GEAR (EXTREME
1) Parka with hood
2) Extremely Warm Boots
3) Snow Pants or a combination of shell pants and wind pants (goretex and
4) Arctic Mittons, or extremely warm ski gloves.
5) Face Protection (i.e. goggles, mask, balaclava hat, etc.)
use shorter parkas, so make sure you get a parka that extends over the top of
your pants to provide protection from wind going up the back of your clothing,
especially when bending over. Keep your lower backside warm at all costs. Thus,
make sure that the parka and outer warming pants are complimentary.....parka
extends down and pants go up under parka (Bibbs type pants solve the problem
EXP Parka with Arctic Liner (about $440)
This Parka will be guaranteed to keep you warm even if you threw yourself in an
arctic pressure ridge for a week. Since it is made out of synthetic
material, it is very bulky, and heavy. If you wish to do skiing
expeditions, this parka is not recommended, you should use the layering
technique and use down material with fleece underneath. If you are touring
the North Pole and want the absolute warmest parka, for the best price,
regardless of bulk and weight, this is the one. Also, if you have this parka,
you do not need to add any layering below...you just put your wicking underwear
on and this jacket (and arctic liner) and your torso is warm forever. (This may
actually save money in the long run, by not having to buy a fleece wind jacket,
you can wear any old sweater under this without needing to consider adding any
warmth factor to this parka).
2) Mountain Hardwear: http://www.mountainhardwear.com/
The Absolute Zero Parka ($525) or for parka and pants, the Absolute Zero
Suit ($700). This would be a choice for the skier, or someone that wants the
lightweight and less bulky natural down outerwear that will compress down to the
smallest packing size and weight. In extreme cold (past minus 45 F, and/or wind
chill), you will need to add a gortex and fleece wind jacket underneath for
Northern Outfitters Mountain Pack boot (about $149) is best for the combination
of warmth and agility. It probably won't work for the skier who needs fitting
bindings, but it is great for the general sightseeing tour. Now the EXP Boot by
Northern Outfitters, is the absolute warmest boot on the planet, though it is
kinda bulky and "clunky".....
This boot is the absolute best boot for everything, including ski
bindings etc.....but the sorel company went bankrupt and the Canadian company
that took over, has not produced enough of these boots to find in circulation. I
have one company that has a few sizes left. Otherwise you may search around and
find them out there....get them...that solves the boot situation for all
categories at the North Pole.
Boots (Lacrosse snow kings at www.eaglesportcenter.com
B) Unrated Arctic Clothing
Accessories: Does not have to meet -45* F standard.
1) Warm hat that covers your ears
2) Balaclava is optional but will keep you warm especially when sleeping.
C) Other Arctic Gear:
(Does Not Need To Be Rated for Extreme Temperature Range)
1) Sleeping Bag (Can be rated for
+30* F) Tents are Heated
2) Sleeping Bag Insulation Mattress goes under sleeping bag to prevent
conduction with Ice below tent.
3) Heater Packs - recommend about 20-30 of them. Keeps you and your camera
4) Ski Goggles or Glacier Glasses
5) Polypropylene Underwear - Polypropylene or silk, but not cotton. This
underwear wicks sweat and moisture off your body to prevent chill. Long Johns,
and long sleeve (1 or 2 Pair), with socks (2 or 3 pair).
6) 1 pair gloves, cotton or polypropylene - can be warn under big gloves
or just carried with you in case you take off the big gloves to do quick tasks
requiring better finger touch and skill, than that with big gloves. Never touch
metal barehanded at NP.
7) Camelbak, or canteen or large mouth water bottle that you carry under
your parka at all times. You must always be drinking water at all times,
so prepare to carry water that won't freeze.
8) Thermos Bottle - No glass inner lining, must be very durable.
D) General Packing List
1) 1 Pair Warm Insulated Boots - for
Siberia and perhaps Moscow- Must be comfortable
for walking in.
2) 1 pair general purpose long johns
3) Several pairs of warm thick socks
4) 1 pair general purpose gloves
5) Sweater (long in the back to prevent draft up back) and warm pants,
long sleeve shirts etc.
6) Anything that needs a battery should have lithium batteries. Lithium
lasts longer in subzero weather. Cameras, GPS, laptops, etc. NiCad or alkaline
lose power within hours.
7) Toilet paper or Kleenex. Your nose will run.
8) Hand toweletes - to wash your hands, face, and __, etc.
9) Perhaps you may want ear plugs if jet noise is loud to you.
10) Knife and perhaps leather man kit
E) Medical Supplies:
1) Nasal Spray
3) Oral Decongestant
4) Sleeping Pills - if you don't sleep easy (Benadryl may do)
5) Stomach Medicine - if you get heartburn, diarrhea, constipation etc.
6) Chapstick, skin moisturizer,
F) Food Supplies:
The expedition supplies food etc at the North Pole, but I strongly recommend you
bring some of your own food, in case you get hungry around and about. The
following is a good suggestion;
1) Energy bars, cashew peanuts, trail mix, chocolate, candy etc.
2) Instant Oatmeal Bags
3) MRE's- Meals Ready to Eat....we have boiling water in the tent at all
times...bring foods easy to make with boiling water. Take 3 MRE's = makes a meal
when you add water.
4) Pre-cooked Sausage Meat....say 2 summer sausage links.
5) Mess Kit, plastic coffee cup, plastic fork,
6) Hot chocolate, tea bags or instant coffee, with premix of
powdered milk and/or sugar
G) Other Items:
1) Tourist money pouch - keep money on your body
2) Passport - make copies of your information pages and put them in all
3) Health Insurance card and Travel Insurance.
Use lithium batteries, recommend Fuji Film, 36 exposure- to minimize changing so
often. Plastic Bag and insulating cover for video cameras.
5) Optional; GPS, compass, small penlight. Don't them, but may want them.
6) Diary or notebook with pen....please expect to write a diary.. you will
appreciate this in years to come!!
The rest of what you
want to bring is up to you. Just remember that the
duffel bag or soft luggage
bag you take from Siberia to the North Pole will get sat on, perhaps stepped on,
and certainly jammed and crammed. think of this leg of the trip like the gorilla
and the Samsonite commercial. If you have something breakable, put it in a
plastic box or container that won't break. Also any liquid you bring with may
freeze at some time during the trip.. say when your bag is taken from the plane
to the tent, and avoid glass items, or use cases etc.