Our flight yesterday from Kangerlussuaq to Summit Camp, at the top of the Greenland ice cap, took us two hours.
We flew on a LC-130H aircraft operated by the U.S. Air National Guard. The LC-130 is a cargo plane that is equip with skis so that it can land on the ice runway at Summit. They are called “Hercs,” short for Hercules. You can see the skis in this picture (look where you might expect the wheels to be):
Here’s a little video that Simone put together documenting the flight itself:
We’re laying low for today as our bodies adjust to the 10,500 ft altitude. The medic has recommended that we limit our physical exercise, drink as much water as possible (the goal is to have a “slushy belly”), and watch out for any signs of a headache. I, personally, am also self-medicating with the homemade macadamia nut cookies.