Field and CPL Updates

2006 Greenland

April 29, 2006
Update provided by Jay Johnson

Activity: DISC Drill Test - Summit Greenland

Period: 4/23 to 4/29/2006

Weather Conditions: Temperature range -40°C to +10°C, wind 5-35 knots. Summit weather this week varied from clear calm days with nights dipping to -40°C to windy days with periods of near white out conditions.

ICDS Personnel on Site:
Jay Johnson
Kristina Dahnert
Michael Jayred

Other Personnel on Site:
Brent Folmer (Westphal & Company Inc.)
Ed Alexander (Westphal & Company Inc.)


Brent Folmer arrived at Summit on Sunday 4-23-06 along with the summer camp staff. Due to pore weather at Summit the rest of us didn't arrive until Tuesday 4-25-06. We are all doing well and are now acclimated to the altitude. The widely varying weather conditions this week made it challenging to get all flights in and work started. The 109th added two extra flights on Saturday to make up for lost flights during the week. I am very happy to report that all DISC cargo from the first round of shipping is here at Summit station. All cargo has arrived in excellent shape and without damage.

The DISC tent wintered over well with only some minor damage to the two large doors. I did an inspection of the snow excavation done after I left last season and found the slot did not meet spec. The end of the slot towards the winch pit needed to be extended approximately 3 feet at the bottom and 6 feet at the top. The VECO construction folks will have this work done by early next week. The MECC and shipping container are set in place, our brake Weather Port is up, and the generators are installed in the gen shack. Brent and Ed along with VECO electricians are busy getting the electrical system installed. If all stays on track we should have power around midweek. The MECC does not have power or heat yet, but it is otherwise operational. Jayred, Krissy, and I have been busy getting cargo staged and clearing workspace in the DISC tent. We also have about half of the crane cable chain trays installed.