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Did you know there’s a page of this website dedicated to my gear? See the link in the menu under “About”.

Gear, equipment, and food have been the subject of most of the prep work and communication for this mission. Hours of discussion on what kinds of tents to bring, which foods will work best and in what variety, and questions like should we bring boot spikes just in case there is more snow than expected? These issues are like birds flittering around the room when we meet up for a talk. We capture these in a massive spreadsheet that has many columns of information like the location where it will be purchased, the cost, weight, responsible person, and status. The journey from our homes (Australia, the UK, and the US) to the crater will take us through Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest Territories in Canada, and Resolute, a hamlet on Cornwallis Island. We wont be able to carry all the equipment from our homes, so we have to ship larger items like an ATV and wind turbine generator to Yellowknife. Once we all convene in Yellowknife next week, we will get these items loaded on our plane to Resolute. Finally, we will get the last provisions like fuel from sellers in Resolute and fly everything over to Devon Island on Twin Otters that will land on the ground near the crater. From there it is a ~1.5 mile walk from the plane to the hab. The AVT and trailer will help us ensure we can make it with the largest items.

For me, I’ve been gathering the things that will help me live and work at FMARS. The list of items came from many resources like the past crew lists and the other experienced crew members in my team. Lor has pointed out that the usual things I bring camping and backpacking will not be acceptable, even though I was sure my rain coat didn’t leak too badly. The truth is, I can’t be as frugal or light weight as I’m used to being. This is an Arctic expedition, and I’m not a day hike away from my car or a Taco Time. I have to make sure I have everything I need and then double it – this was the advice given to me by Jim Colletto, a fellow Florida Tech alumnus and Antarctic researcher. The difference between a no-name brand from online and a tried and true brand with a strong history might be a big problem if I choose poorly. For some items like a towel or a t-shirt, it might be ok to save a few dollars by shopping around, but my rain shell, sleeping bag, and thermal base layers are not things I want to risk.

You can see my gear list here. I’ve been adding to this page every day leading up to the mission, so please check it frequently. When I return, I’ll add my review of these items below their images to let you know how well they performed. These are the items my donors have helped me get. Without their generosity, I would not be able to make this expedition. I hope this list will come in handy for any of you looking to push the boundaries on your own adventures.

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