Extreme cold makes people hungry and travelling and being constantly active requires a great deal of energy. Eating enough of highly nutritious food is a key to surviving in Antarctic wilderness. How many calories should we consume per day to stay fit?
Those travelers who wish to escape the noisy and busy cities and face the wild nature while exploring remoted Antarctic destinations might first think about how to survive there. Of course, if you choose a comfortable luxury cruise you won’t have to think about such mundane issues like food. But those travelers who dream of joining some kind of expedition or to be engaged with extreme sports activities far away from populated spots must think twice about food choices they will face there and how to keep warm while the temperature is approx. -30 ̊C outside.
An Antarctic menu
If you think that there is some sort of national cuisine with unknown delicacies – you are wrong as not so many years ago isolated people that were a part of an expedition usually fed of half-fat, half-meat stew called Hoosh or butchered sea life. The trip might be quite exhausting and challenging even taking account the fact that Antarctica cruise ships are modern and comfortable.
Hoosh is a stew made of meat (often pemmican), ground biscuits and water. It shows that in the wilderness and severe Antarctic conditions people might be creative and capable to find the way to survive. When flavors are scarce, such brews are the basis for Antarctic food. Starving explorers could only dream of nutritious meal that will keep them warm. If you were lucky enough and duration of your expedition was no longer than few days – your pre-packed food would have been enough.
All that “cuisine” was popular last centuries ago, but today it is illegal to consume any animal south of 60 degrees. Also now there are a lot of stations and the food is being transported for those engaged in scientific expeditions. The most common set includes milk, potatoes, canned fruits, frozen meat, and flour as well as oil and condiments. Water for residents is desalinated sea ice or melted surface ice. Climber and anyone else with active lifestyle needs to keep their energy level high and usually they start their day at camps with porridge on milk, not tea or coffee, bread with butter, etc.
Keeping yourself warm during outdoor activities
Hypothermia is a dangerous state of human body and it means that the human temperature is below the normal level. In order to avoid this trouble one must keep himself warm. Life at scientific stations is comfortable enough and members don’t have to think about extreme weather conditions outside or how to feed themselves. But those who spend a lot of time outside or came to enjoy winter sports, to view iceberg, or observe the wildlife must remember to stay warm and dry and to choose correct clothes like waterproof jacket, waterproof pants, neck gaiter and gloves, and equipment. Those who plan to overnight outdoor must think of apples, fiberglass huts or tents.
The correctly chosen clothes and equipment can save one’s life during this extreme trip.