Today's goal was to get the instrument panel back into the vertical shaft. To get an idea of what this means you have to imagine a 200 pound square object, very difficult to hold, with delicate sensors on-board, that must carted across a stream, carried up a narrow flight of seventy stairs and jostled into position through a narrow granite tunnel. And that is only the beginning. Once in place it must be hoisted up twenty feet or so with cables and winches and then stabilized with steel girders. It is a lot of work, and takes the group at least a half day. You can see the process in the pictures below. It is definitely the wettest day of all because you have to stand under the quick draining glacier. For some reason it seems the granite has sprung a bunch of new leaks everywhere and the water is just rushing in everywhere. All in all it was very successful, and the instruments have tested out well. It is amazing to think that in a few weeks the place where I am standing in the ice cave will be completely filled and the glacier will begin its slide against the friction plate. I look forward to seeing what kind of data it yields.
I work late into the evening soldering the accelerometer cables together, I really want to make sure the connections are good because without that the experiment fails for the entire year, something I would not want to bear the responsibility for. On the way back I notice some rock that fell from the side of the tunnel onto the road, actually kind of big!