Although the 2013 Field Seminar doesn’t start for another month (and the Kangerlussuaq early season crew doesn’t head out for another two weeks), packing and preparation have been in full swing these past few days. While fancy graduation receptions took place all across campus, we gathered cargo and food in the Arctic Library, packed it all into boxes, coolers, and crates, and entered each piece into the Polar Services online cargo tracking system.
Food planning for the field is a lot of fun. At the supermarket, we filled two enormous carts past overflowing. At checkout, our cashier told us it was the largest single purchase she had ever seen! To ensure breakfast enjoyment, I baked two enormous batches of granola.
After food planning, we moved on to packing science cargo. All of our field gear has to be packed up safely so it is intact when we arrive in Kangerlussuaq. Each package must be weighed, measured, and entered into the cargo tracking system with a description of its contents and value. With 28 separate packages, this is no small task! Each package gets its own manifest slipped inside and its own label taped on the outside. After almost an entire roll of duct tape, those labels aren’t going anywhere!
We handed off the cargo to our friends at the 109th Airlift Wing; we are ever thankful for all the work they do to make our field seasons successful. The next time we see them will be June 25th, when we board the plane to Greenland!