RattyMouse, don't worry too much about this. It ain't rocket science. Practice loading some wasted film. It doesn't take long to get the hang of it. Gloves/no gloves really depends on the person and the ambient temperature/humidity. Some people just naturally sweat more, or have oily skin or whatever. I wear basic small-sized cotton gloves when I load film, handle negatives etc. The cotton is thin enough so you don't lose any manual dexterity. Other people don't need gloves at all.
You will be able to do it. It is just a matter of how fast you can do it...
Also, remember that you can always dump the film into the can, close the lid and take your arms out of the bag. Just remember to put the film in a light tight state before taking your arms out of the bag.
My tips: Ensure the spiral is bone-dry because any moisture can make the film stick in the spiral.
If the film does stick and you can't load it any further, separate the spiral, roll up the film, place it in the tank and put the lid on the tank with the central column in place. Then you can dry the spiral before you try again.
Be gentle, go slowly, don't force the film into the spiral otherwise you'll kink it, which will result in crescent marks all over the film. Likewise try not to press the film with your fingers as you load it.
Make sure you use the clips to secure the spiral to the central column; they stop the spiral from sliding up the column when you invert the tank.
Keep the backing paper - you can use it to practice with.
Good luck and have fun - once you've done it a few times it's easy.:cool:
Make open space inside the changing bag by stuffing into it the biggest cardboard box that will fit. Cut armholes in the box first. This stops the fabric of the bag drooping into the struggle zone between film and reel.