The 1 a.m. wake-up call felt like it came a little too early this morning waking most of us from a sound sleep – oh wait, that was the group of climbers getting up to climb Island Peak and noisily asking on another where they were putting different pieces of gear and constantly flashing their headlamps over our tents. The good news is that they’re quite friendly and they summited, which is great, but boy what I would give to have a little bit of that sleep back! We already had an early wake-up planned for 5 a.m. as we’ve learned that the only way to be able to have complete days of work is beating the afternoon rains (unless you want to be soaked every afternoon).
Greta and Jonathan were getting a nice early start to their kayaking expeditions! After briefly catching up with them when I returned to camp this afternoon, it sounds like everything went incredibly well and sounds like an experience they’ll cherish for a long time. The comment was made that the icebergs near the calving front were like the Hoodoos in Utah – they are certainly are pretty magnificent. Thanks to my kayaking experts for their hard work. And I should note that for half the time Greta was the muscles and Jonathan became the brains!
Alina became the dGPS specialist today as we measured 28 different points, which we’ll use to help create the structure from motion digital elevation models. The dGPS can get a bit boring – at each point we level a tripod directly above the spray-painted mark on a boulder, then we measure the height of the antenna to the mark, then start recording the raw data, while also recording the RTK measured position (the raw data is backup in case we need further processing). After 5 minutes, we record the position and various additional information, and then repeat the same thing for the next ground control point. Khamal and Prokesh took a liking to helping set up the tripod, which was enjoyable and quite helpful. When we were grooving, we could get a point done about every 8 minutes. We ended up getting 28 points completed before the clouds rolled in and started messing up our views of the satellites, plus it started raining on us, which makes sitting around not very enjoyable. After the points were finished, I took a quick 475 photos of the area upwind of our wind tower for Structure from Motion, downloaded the most recent data from our weather station (it’s looking good!), and then scurried back up the lateral moraine back to camp.
All in all, today was an incredibly productive day and I hope everyone got some meaningful experience working with various pieces of equipment. I’ve got to hand it to Alina, Greta, and Jonathan, they are all very hard workers and help make my life much easier. It’s a solid team and hopefully tomorrow will be just as productive as today.