Construction work begins
Claus, J.P., Hans Christian and Thomas are preparing foundations for Red Dome tent no.2.
We now begin to erect tents that are planned to stay up through the winter. The tents are set up on 2 m high snow hills. This way, the tents stay free from snow drifts, and next year when we open camp again, these tents will be readily accessible.
After the slow start of vehicles, at -36 C it takes up 30 minutes before
the vehicles are warm enough to move, the pushing of snow into small hills
went really well. The Pistenbully is a huge improvement in our ability to
move snow. After a hill is made, timbers are laid out on the hill and
adjusted so they are completely level. Then snow from a snow blower is
blown on top of the hill, and this snow is then scraped level to the top
of the timbers. Over night, this snow will sinter and harden, so the
process is quite similar to casting concrete on pavements.
Tomorrow, we will cover the hill top with plywood, which
will be the floor of the tent.
Several weather services have forecasted severe winds in this area, so we have taken precautions by securing all loose items and by marking all cargo on the snow with bamboo poles. So far, however, the severe winds have stayed away and the weather stays fine, albeit cold.
What we have done today:
- Built a 2 m hill for Red Dome 2.
- Built a 2 m hill for Garage 1.
- Laying out floor foundation for Red Dome 2.
- Assembling arches for the garage.
Weather: Cold, clear and almost no wind. -36 to -23 C and 2-4 m/s wind from N and NE. Sunshine all day.
FL, J.P. Steffensen
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