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What follows is a list of issued Antarctic clothing for a single man during an expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration in 1901. It is a mixture of arctic, alpine and naval wear. The list comes from captain Scott's first expedition, the Discovery Expedition of 1901-1904.
Jaeger Wool Clothing:
  • 1 fleece camel-hair (wool) suit (unsuitable)
  • 12 Vests
  • 12 shirts
  • 12 pants
  • 6 pairs fleece shooting gloves (unsuitable)
  • 4 cardigan jackets
  • 12 pairs stockings
  • 4 fleece sleeping bags
  • 4 blankets
  • 2 pairs slippers, fleece lined

The Jaeger wool clothing is the very best that can be recommended for underwear, but it is absolutely useless as an outer covering, as it allows the wind to penetrate and gathers snow.

Fur Clothing etc.:
  • 1 Militza  (reindeer skin with fur (hair) turned inwards)
  • 1 Sovike with hood and gloves (coat with the fur (hair) turned outwards)
  • 1 Samoyede young reindeer skin fur (hair) cap (extremely useful)
  • 2 pairs wolfskin gloves, with gauntlets
  • 1 Reindeer skin sleeping bag for winter use
  • 1 brown leather Swedish jacket
  • 1 white duffle suit, Hudson Bay pattern, for summer use
Boots etc.
  • 1 pair fur lined sea boots
  • 1 pair plain rubber boots
  • 1 pair Erie-cut flannel-lined short boots
  • 3 pairs sea boot hose
  • 3 Lapp komargar: reindeer skin boots filled with grass (the best type for polar wear)
  • 3 pairs ski-ing boots (very useful)
  • 1 pair Canadian snow-shoes
  • 2 pairs Norwegian ski
  • 2 pairs long fur boots
  • 2 pairs Arctic socks for rubber and sea boots
  • 2 pairs skin stockings
  • 3 pairs knitted mitts
Miscellaneous:
  • 1 ice axe
  • 1 Alpen stock (male bamboo) and steel shod
  • 1 Wallace spade, pick and hammer
  • 1 Bowie Knife
  • 1 Pocket Knife, containing corkscrew, tin opener, cartridge extractor etc.
  • 1 broad leather belt, containing pipe case, compass, whistle, burning glass, flint and steel and ring for knife
  • 2 pairs snow goggles
  • 1 water bottle covered with thick felt
  • 1 small yard measure
  • 1 housewife (sewing kit) fitted

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