How I survived an Arctic Vacation

I recently took a trip to the Arctic North, traveling pretty deep into the Arctic Circle and was about 600 miles from the North Pole. It was frigid cold and windy, making it hard to make photos. My Leica SL performed like a champion but in order for me to use it well, I need to dress warm and keep the bone-piercing wind out and stay warm when deal with temperatures that dipped way below zero. Here is the kit I used. 

  • Outermost layer: Alpine ski jacket. by Aether Apparel. Perfect shell jacket. No logos and perfect protection from the icy winds. The hood was even better that I expected. #
  • Shelter NH down jacket by Aether Apparel. I swear this is the warmest jacket I own. I was walking around with just a long sleeve merino t-shirt underneath this jacket. Perfect heat trapper. #
  • Aether Apparel Merino Base layer crew shirt and base layer pant #
  • Arcteryx Phase SL base layer pants. #
  • Arcteryx Beta AR Pants. #
  • REI phd smart wool socks. Six pairs. #
  • Smart wool T-shirts by REI. #
  • No name neck warmer I got in Iceland last year as a gift. It is merino wool. Sorry, I don't have a link for it, but you can buy one from REI. #
  • Gloves by Honns. Oliver model in camel. So stylish and yet so amazingly warm! #
  • Phase Glove liners by Arcteryx. They are so light that you don't even know they are there. #
  • A cashmere Beanie by Brunello Cucinelli.
  • Phase AR Beanie by Arcteryx. Warm and superlight.  #
  • Muck-boots: The best $93 I spent as these boots kept my feet warm and dry, and made it easy to walk in knee-deep snow. The only downside was the amount of space they took up in by bag. #
  • 12-hour hand warmers. Probably the best thing I had on the trip as it allowed me to take off the gloves and take photos in Arctic temperatures without getting frost bite. #
  • Uniqlo dry stretch sweat pants because you want to be comfortable and warm when you sleep on a boat. # 🤣

I really love Aether Apparel and they are my favorite outdoor brand. They have offered 15 percent off to "FriendsofOm" through September 2017 in case you like some of their products. 

Photo by my dear friend Chris Michel.

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