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Clothing for Ultimate Polar Bear trip
Post: #1
Hi Julia,

I am booked on the Ultimate Polar Bear trip in November, and wondered whether you could give advice on clothing for the Churchill part, which I know is going to be very, very cold?! Do they supply parkas etc. for the days on the tundra, or do we bring our own? I know everyone says layers, layers, layers, but how many?!!

Cheers,
Hils
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Post: #2
(12/09/2014, 12:11 PM)Hils Wrote: Hi Julia,

I am booked on the Ultimate Polar Bear trip in November, and wondered whether you could give advice on clothing for the Churchill part, which I know is going to be very, very cold?! Do they supply parkas etc. for the days on the tundra, or do we bring our own? I know everyone says layers, layers, layers, but how many?!!

Cheers,
Hils

Hi Hils, no clothing is provided on this tour, so you will need to bring your own warm clothing. We would suggest ski wear, thermals, a waterproof jacket, gloves, scarf and a hat that covers the ears.

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Tim
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Post: #3
Hi Hils
I was wondering the same thing, in fact I've asked Julia (or Tim as he seems to be deputising today) which airline we are using to fly to Churchill so I can find out the baggage allowance. I was thinking thermal underwear, long sleeved tshirt, jumper / fleece then coat / hat / scarf / gloves. From pictures I've seen, I think the Tundra buggies have heating in them, although there is usually an outside deck for taking photos. I presume the lodge will be nice and toasty so evenings should be okay.
Just 8 weeks to go now - yippee!
Sally
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Post: #4
Hi Tim and Sally,

Many thanks Tim for coming back to me. Sally - looking forward to meeting you. Re clothing, I've gone for the works - North Face Arctic Parka, Sorel Caribou snow boots and lots of Icebreaker thermal tops! Living in Scotland I will be using them all again!
The current temperature in Churchill is 2 degrees with light snow!! In 8 weeks time it could be colder and wetter!

See you soon!
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Hils
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Post: #5
Yay!!! SNOW!!!!! Smile Thanks Hils and Sally for posting the questions I needed answering! Hope you enjoyed your warm holiday Sally - I'm off to Malta tomorrow, and I have a feeling it may be too hot, hopefully the air con will be working. Must remember to pack my cossie. Taking 'Life after Life' and 'Citadel' to read - make a change from Polar Bear books. Then serious Polar expedition shopping on my return.
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Post: #6
Yes, there's very good heating in the tundra buggies and, assuming it's the same as it was 9 years ago, they also give you food and hot soup, drinks etc. The outside temp when we went in early November was around -20, and then there's the windchill factor - it was blowing about 15-20 mph on both our buggy expeditions and when my ex did the skiddaw (spelling?) ride
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Post: #7
Thanks for the info Nigel - although your comments on Calm Air are a little worrying as is their Safety record. I suppose if it was easy to get there then everyone would be doing it and it wouldn't be an adventure! Am I right in presuming the tundra buggies have toilets on board? I don't think I would fancy popping behind a snow drift.
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Post: #8
(17/09/2014, 10:58 AM)sallyc Wrote: Thanks for the info Nigel - although your comments on Calm Air are a little worrying as is their Safety record. I suppose if it was easy to get there then everyone would be doing it and it wouldn't be an adventure! Am I right in presuming the tundra buggies have toilets on board? I don't think I would fancy popping behind a snow drift.

I didn't feel unsafe and I'm sorry if I've un-nerved you, it's just different as you'll see. Yes there are toilets on the TBs
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Post: #9
I've got a snapfish album of my trip

the link is

http://www3.snapfish.co.uk/snapfishuk/th...napfishuk/
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Post: #10
Hi Sally

I am sure they would not want you to pop behind a snow drift - you will be frozen plus there would be polar bears around!! You are in for a great adventure and I am quite envious as I love polar bears. Perhaps one day I will be able to do this trip and see them in wilderness. Have a wonderful trip to see the polar bears.

Jaya
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