|They go with my skirt!|
|I find the increase in the number of significant digits after a unit change amusing. Are they really rated to exactly -73.3°C? I'm sure that if it gets down to -73.4°C, my feet will get cold!|
|Felt liners: The insoles have a gridded plastic on the bottom for increased insulation. They go at the bottom of the boot, outside the liners. There is a thick, soft felt insole inside the liner, too.|
|My old Sorel's with old liners.|
Tip: For my old Sorels, the best way to get the liner into the boot is to put the liner on my foot and then put my foot into the boot. I don't know if this will work for the Glacier liners or not. And I can't try since I put them in a crate and they are already on their way to Antarctica (since they were too warm to wear for more than 15 minutes).
I will also bring some regular hiking boots. I might wear these some in the field. However, they will be most useful in McMurdo when we come back and it's warm. It will be much nicer to tromp around in shoes that actually fit without a couple pairs of socks. Also, I'll be wearing some regular shoes on my way to and from McMurdo, and they'll come with me for use inside.
Finally, I'll have to take these:
|Courtesy of http://www.polartrec.com/files/resize/members/brandon-gillette/images/img1489-500x375.jpg|
Before my first Antarctic field season, I met with a friend who had been before, and we talked about gear. She said that the bunny boots weren't really all that bad. Eventually, it came out that "they aren't that bad if you don't have to walk more than 50 feet in them." It turns out that most of her work was done via snow mobile. They are perfectly comfortable when sitting in the cold. I have (get) to walk, a lot, every day. Thus, I want boots I love.
I will have to wear bunny boots as I get on the C-17 plane in Christchurch to fly to McMurdo. We are required to wear our issued ECW (extreme cold weather) gear. Once in McMurdo, I'll go to FSTP (don't remember what that stands for...) and get them to approve my own boots for use in the field so I don't have to put the bunny boots on again.