July 13, 2012 Arrived at Summit
We had a 3am wake-up call for our flight to Summit this morning which was delayed until 7am. But we made it before noon and had a wonderful lunch, tour of the station, and dinner. Students then did the dishes, cleaned the tables and hear a lecture from IGERT student Kaitlin Keegan.
Fie Thorup Hansen
This is your reporter from Summit Station at the Greenlandic ice sheet Fie Thorup Hansen of Denmark. It has definitely been kind of a long day to day; we were supposed to be ready in front of the KISS building at 4 am, so most of us were up at around 3, only to find out that our departure had been pushed back an hour. Same thing happened at 5 and 6, which we hated. We didn't even expect to actually get going at that point, but we were miraculously picked up at around 7! The word awesome doesn't even begin to cover the following events of the day. The flight with the Hercules was so cool, especially the part spent in the cockpit looking out on the ice sheet. And when we got off the plain, we were immediately enveloped by the never ending whiteness - it was stunning. Seeing the actual station was also kind of neat, a tiny community in the middle of the ice. On our tour around the camp with the manager Ken, we met up with one of the mechanics called Luke. He told us how important it is to keep the mood up high at a place like Summit, which is somewhat an isolated place so to speak. Luke is so cool, and he has a thing for ice. On our tour, Cecilia and I also got to launch an ozone balloon, which was also totally awesome (for some reason I get a feeling that I'm abusing this word a bit, wonder why?) To sum this up a bit, Summit is AWESOME. Oh, and my word of the day is "dipsies" - my group, group NEEM calls dipsies on the interview with Luke. P.s: I am SO tired, and I am looking forward to a fresh start tomorrow. Oh, and the food is awesome too, I'm in heaven.
Hi my name is Nivi Rosing. I am a student from the high school in Nuuk where I also live. I am 18 years old. Today July 13th and this day started early in the morning, to be exact 3 pm in the middle of the night. The reason why we were so early up, was simply because we were suppose to take at C130 plane at 5 pm in the morning, to go to the Scientists station on top of the Greenlandic ice sheet named Summit. But instead of flying at 5 o'clock we were dilate until about 7 pm, and we flew at about 8 pm. It was very cool to fly with an C130 airplane, because it looked like something from a war in a movie. We were allowed to see the cupid on the airplane and there was a beautiful view from there. After one and a half hour we landed on the ice sheet near Summit station. It was an amazing felling step on to the snow and of the airplane. It is so beautiful of here and I really like it. Luckily I did not get the altitude sickness which I was afraid of getting. After we had a delicious lunch, we went out on a small tour around the camp. The manager of the station called Ken showed us around while telling us about the different buildings and what they are used for. We also help a scientist sending up a big helium balloon which would measure temperature and Ozone in the atmosphere. It was fun. This day has been a very good and full of great experiences. So I am thankful for having this opportunity to come here to Summit. thanks to all the people who have made this happening. Love Nivi