1. From what I got after cruising numerous sites, personal luggage limit on flights from Christchurch to McMurdo is 75 pounds (with the remark that only assigned clothing will weight approx. 35 pounds). That leaves some 40 pounds for personal belongings. Now, considering extreme weather conditions, all participants must take a considerable number of thick (equal heavy) clothing items, and considering duration of stay and remoteness, I guess everyone should take certain amount of other stuff such is (A MUST!) camera, tea
, some medicines, if a computer user like me then laptop and related stuff...
Now a question. How is it possible to pack all that and not reach the weight limit? What are general rules? is it possible at all to take with you only allowed amount or less, and to get the rest at a later stage as a package on the commercial basis (I have read somewhere that the cost of sending stuff by ship is some $0.5 per kilogram and by plane, from Christchurch, around $2.5. I just do not know if that is commercial price or cost of handling and transportation.
2. Internet connectivity
What about Internet? Is it available for non-scientific participants? What are the general guidelines? It seem that McMurdo gets some 10 Mbit link, but of course science labs are the priority. Is the use of private computers online allowed?