Ice and Medicine at the end of the earth

15. How cumbersome is all that cold weather gear? Do you feel like the kid from the hit movie The Christmas Story?

Wynston and Callie,

Great question!  You made me laugh.  The gear is heavy and cumbersome.  But, very warm!!!  When I do have to put on my cold weather gear, it is harder to walk around and to climb into the massive vehicles that we have on base.  I trip over my own feet when I have the big bunny boots on.  I am happy that I brought boots that are a little smaller and almost as warm.   I went on a trip to Cape Evans yesterday and I was required to wear or bring all of my ECW (Extreme Cold Weather) gear.  It was amazing how heavy my bag was from the boots and extra layers.  And, I had trouble buckling my seatbelt with “big red” on.  If I slip, I do think that I would be able to pick myself up off the ice on my own, in all of my gear.   It would likely be a funny situation though.

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