We’ve been here at Summit Camp, atop the Greenland Ice Sheet for 6 days now and it has been a great experience. Our visit has been filled with lots of science, excellent company and good food. Below are some photos of the camp and the people here.
The “Big House” is where we eat all of our meals and is one of the congregating spots. It is hoisted up off the ground to keep it above the accumulating snow. The large globe on the roof is a satellite.
Most of us sleep in tents in “tent city”. Sleeping in a tent at 10,000+ ft in subzero temperatures may not sound appealing to everyone, but it really is quite comfortable. We sleep in warm sleeping bags (-40F) and as a bonus, the tents warm up during the day under the arctic sun. The bright midnight sun can make it hard to sleep, but a bonus is that you don’t need a headlamp to find your tent in the evening!
But what makes Summit Camp really special? The people here. It takes many people with different skills to keep a station like this running smoothly: camp staff, science techs, scientists, carpenters, a medic, mechanics, heavy equipment operators, to name a few. Ken Jessen, the station manager, does a fabulous job. He has made our visit comfortable and very productive while keeping safety in mind. It also helps that he has a great sense of humor!
The food here is also amazing. Tina, the cook, prepares delicious meals and bakes fresh cookies every day! It has been such a treat to have warm meals cooked for us, especially after spending a long day in the elements digging snow pits.
Tomorrow we fly back to Kangerlussuaq to begin the next section of our trip- learning about the glacial history of the region and the terrestrial and aquatic ecology of the arctic tundra. We’ve just gotten word that Meredith Kelly and Matt Ayres (both faculty at Dartmouth) and Chris Polashenski (IGERT fellow) have arrived safely in Kangerlussuaq and we are excited to see them. Thanks for following our blog!