Greetings from Kangerlussuaq! I’m back, and this time I’m rolling 8 deep with my IGERT buds and professors. Its exciting to be back for a number of fantastical reasons not least of which is the opportunity to learn and experience with my very good friends from uni while hopping across Greenland.
Today was our first full day in Kangerlussuaq, and we jumped into it with zeal and our usual IGERT flair. After a quick bite of “morgenmad” (breakfast), the gang first sat for a quick briefing from the ever-helpful Kathy Young before heading to the cargo yard to try on some of our “extreme cold weather” (ECW) gear made necessary by our trip up to Summit Camp on Friday. I say “up” because Summit Camp sits roughly 2 miles higher than Kangerlussuaq atop the Greenland Ice Sheet. But that’s in a few days … check out the photos from the morning’s work (and stay tuned for what followed – an afternoon with Eric Post and company at his field site down valley from the Russel Glacier!):
Similarly, though somewhat differently, Ross proclaims he hasn’t looked this huge since his undergraduate days at Syracuse University. Or was that his graduate days at University of California at Davis?
You know him as Chris Polashenski; we know him as “Da Man’i… ” Well, some things may just have to stay within the group, but one thing that we all share is our love of his flannel shirts (and facial hair)! Chris, hurry out of Alaska and join us, will ya?!
Finally, how could we ever have even gotten to Kangerlussuaq without the expert guidance of Lee McDavid?! In this picture, we unearth some thoughtfully hidden surprises left by her in one of our food boxes. Toys! A “childhood memory” of hers retold in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland! Kaitlin and Julia express our warmest and bubbliest gratitude!