2 June 2012

A little unusual Saturday

Deep field drilling at 80 degrees North. Trevor operates the drill while Basler mechanic, Gerard, is watching and to the right pilot John is talking to Sepp while Mirena is logging the ice cores.

Simon and Trevor had originally signed up as cooks for the Saturday evening dinner; but as plans have changed Simon, Trevor, Sepp and Mirena went with the Basler for deep field drilling at German drilling site B21. The operation went well. They departed at 9.00 and were back at 16.45 with 31 m ice core. Luckily for our Saturday dinner others volunteered, and Erin, Dan, Lou and Tyler became cooks.

Carsten, Philip, Martin and Sverrir were devising plans and making tools for drill rescue.

It became a fine Saturday evening, however everybody were a bit spent and most went to bed early. By midnight all was quiet in camp.

What we have done today:
1. Made tools for rescue of drill.
2. Excavation of trench for balloon experiment 2 m deep.
3. Packed sonic logging equipment.
4. Basler drilling mission. Drilled 31 m core at B21 (80 N, 41W).
5. Tilled skiway.

Ad.1: Several plans are in play and we attempt a rescue tomorrow.

Ad.4: Aided by the very fine weather the drilling crew of four and the air crew had fine day out with approx. 5 hour stay.

Ad.5: The skiway is more even than previous years at this stage of the field season.

Weather: Few clouds. Temp. – 3.6°C to –13°C, 10 knots from S. Visibility:



Compared to the Twin Otter, the Basler has a lot of room. Mirena and Trevor are in their seats and behind them to the left is the complete drill system.


FL, J.P. Steffensen

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