The first step is getting there! The Weddell seal field research team based at Montana State University travels to Antarctica via Christchurch, New Zealand assisted by the U.S. Antarctic Program. At the USAP New Zealand Clothing Distribution Center in Christchurch, team members are issued extreme cold weather (ECW) clothing.
From Christchurch, the field team boards a C17 military transport plane operated by the U.S. Air Force for the flight to the main US. Antarctic base, McMurdo Station.