After some final finishing touches that Erich and the others made on the second MET station at base camp (we had the same MET station there from May 2008 to June, 2012), and loading the three large…
Time to Leave
It's time to get everything down from Mount Hunter and back to Talkeetna. Wow, did it go smoothly! The plan was for the helicopter to show up around 9:30am and start taking 700-1200 pound sling…
Mount Foraker from Middle Hunter ridge
Tim asked me today how many km of radar data I have from this site and this got me thinking this morning while waiting for Tim and Dave to get picked up. I am on call with the land/air radio, VHF…
Tim Before
Seth sent me some news yesterday. They will be dismantling the core camp on Mount Hunter in the next day or so and are now waiting for good helicopter weather to move the cores to base camp. I have…
Mount Hunter Summit is a pretty mellow 40 minute ski from the drill site. We pretty much needed to do it. Enjoy the picture. Mount Hunter summit shot: Seth, Tim, Dave, Brad & Dom. Photo by…
Flowing Clouds
"Final Thoughts" just doesn’t work as a title for some reflective writing about my time on the Kahiltna GlacierA mass of ice that persists for many years and notably deforms and flows under the…
Dave drilling a shallow core from one of the pits.
Well things are still going pretty well minus three feet of fresh snow over the past few days. With the winds we ended up with some pretty nice snow drifts in camp, one almost completely covered Dom…
Reaching Bedrock on the Divide
Well, the big news as of yesterday was that Mike, Brad, and Dom successfully drilled to bedrock at the ice divide for a total depth of 208.24 meters! Our goal was 200 meters which means we surpassed…
Mike at work in the drill tent
Hi Everyone, I'm now home in Maine and have had a great first few days back in the classroom. I'm not at school tomorrow, however, as I am taking a group of 8th graders on a backpacking trip in the…
Hello! Right. So, one question that you, the Internet Reader, may have is, "How does ice core drilling actually work?" I know I had that question, and this is supposed to be my job. It turns out it's…
My adventure started over 9 months ago when I began graduate school at the University of Maine.  Within the first couple weeks of the semester my advisor, Dr. Karl Kreutz, asked if I would be willing…
Ice Core Science or Food Science
This is Dominic Winski, a graduate student working on the Denali ice core project. We recently received a bunch of great questions from a high school science teacher and her students via satellite…