The plan is to put an automatic weather station on the glacier such that we can measure meteorological data (air temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and the net radiation). This data is very important as it improves our ability to model the melt of the glacier. We get down to the spot that I had originally zeroed in on yesterday, but I realize it’s not that representative of the glacier and we might be in trouble as melt ponds are forming around it. We’ve got one shot at this, so I want to make it count – yes, I can be a bit fickle sometimes. I roam around the glacier a bit more to places I’ve been in years past and find one that I like – it’s got a mixture of boulders, gravel, and sand, which is fairly representative of what you see throughout the entire glacier. Time to get started!
We set up the tripod and added all the equipment in their proper orientation, e.g., you want your solar panel to face south such that it receives the most sunlight over the course of the day. By the time everything was put on, it was about 2:00 p.m., which means it’s time to get started heading back to camp. We’ll finish thing up tomorrow. Ending at 2:00 p.m. might sound a bit lazy, but trust me, around this time the breeze start picking up making things a bit unpleasant, and by the time we get back to camp we’ll have put in about 7.5 hrs of work today… quite exhausting for only our 3rd day above 5000 m. We’ve got two more weeks of fieldwork ahead of us, so it’s important to not wear ourselves down early on. For me, I find the afternoons are the toughest and usually get a little headache. After about two more days, hopefully I’ll be fully acclimated and will be headache-free from there on out. For now, I’ll relax in my tent and get re-hydrated until our delicious dinner of dal baht is ready.