Peninsula Extreme Cold Weather Gear
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Peninsula Area Extreme Cold Weather Gear

Peninsula area Extreme Cold Weather (ECW) gear is issued to all United States Antarctic Program (USAP) participants working at Palmer Station, Antarctica or on the research vessels, RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer and ARSV Laurence M. Gould. The gear is issued to participants as they pass through Punta Arenas, Chile, is government property on loan, and must be returned upon redeployment.

When you arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, one of our port agent (DAMCO) representatives will meet you at the airport. The agent provides you with a handout that indicates your scheduled ECW issue time. You then report to the Warehouse at the scheduled time in order to try on all of your gear and exchange for the appropriate sizes.

The USAP does not supply socks, base layer long underwear, Carhartt work pants, water bottles or sunglasses.

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Curator: BK Grant, Antarctic Support Contract   |   NSF Official: Patrick Smith, Division of Polar Programs