Thursday, May 25, 2006

Wednesday, 24. May. Digging out the camp

The weather is really good and we are ready to get started. 12.30: -7.1 C, 3 m/s from 310 true, 933.2 mb, surface contrast good-fair, horizon good, visibility to horizon, high thin clouds.

21.00: -8.4 C, calm, 930.5 mb, surface contrast fair, horizon fair-poor, visibility 5 km, overcast with thin clouds, snow.

As the weather report indicates, the conditions for outside work have been really good. We have gotten a lot of things done. We dug out all the long boxes from the snow masses, i.e., the drill, the drill tower and the ECM equipment. Inside the drill tent the ice core drill is done including the belt saw and everything. We have carried the 180 kg drill cable drum inside the drill tent. We moved the generator from its temporary spot to the place where the camp's cables come out from. A large part of the temporary cables have been removed. We dug out the two wrecked tents. The small Keron tunnel tent is dead. The poles can be used as spares for the others. The large red North Face tent stood up once we removed the snow. Despite the dramatic appearance, astonishingly little damage has been done. The top canvas is dead, but the tent is fine. We just need to repair one small bit of tube for a pole. The poles can be repaired with the spares we have here. It is simply amazing! A skidoo has been repaired. The broken poles on two other North Face tents have been changed.

Lars has measured the altitude of the drill site: 725 m geoid height, or 695 m over msl. The Kansas team has mounted their bottom radar and it is working. The ice thickness is about 600 m here.

Bruce cooked a really delicious dinner: Onion soup, asian inspired wok with rice and blackberry pie with ice cream.

We have talked to VECO in Kangerlussuaq, Copenhagen and Alborg over the Iridium phone.

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