Through the years, MASCOT has sent workwear to work all over the world in order to thoroughly test the clothing – even in extreme conditions and situations. And that is exactly the situation when Centre Terre sends an expedition off to one of the world’s most remote corners. The clothing will truly be put to the test.
What should the clothes be able to withstand on such an expedition? Durability is of course important as the untouched landscapes in Patagonia, located more than 24 hours by boat from the closest port, have a lot of sharp and rough surfaces. But most of all, the clothes have to protect the participants against the weather. And that’s not easy in a climate where the wind regularly reaches over 52 knots in a storm and can often reach hurricane strength with 97 knots. During the expedition, they often experience over 80 mm of rain a day, and approximately 700 mm rain in one month. The expedition area receives an average annual rainfall of 8000 mm.
When the storms rage it’s serious
The expedition is also about teamwork; not only for the work itself, but also when it comes to protecting each other in harsh surroundings. Building a base camp is hard work, partly because the materials have to be carried from the boats up to the campsite. »In order to alleviate some of the heavy lifting and the hard work days for the expeditioners, we decided to transport the heavy building materials up the mountain by using a small-scale cableway that I had built in advance. But, during the transport, we always had to pay attention to the wind, which could bring sudden gusts up to 120 km/h.
Rain and hail in huge amounts
»My work during the expedition takes place outside in all hours of the day. In my day-to-day job, I work as a camera operator, leading a camera into sanitation pipelines to check their condition, and therefore I am used to working outside in all kinds of European weather. But the weather during the expedition is far more extreme.