EastGRIP - Field Diaries 2018

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Pull Out

23 August 2018

 Thursday 23rd of August 2018

Walking to Skier 41.

Closing camp

22 August 2018

 Wednesday 22nd of August 2018

The tight fit of the Pistenbully in the garage.


21 August 2018

 Tuesday  21th of August 2018

Sunset at EGRIP.

What we did today

20 August 2018

 Monday  20th of August 2018

Sverrir’s kitkat birthday cake.

New Fridge

19 August 2018

 Saturday 18 and Sunday 19th of August 2018

Sverrir and Frederik enjoying the new fridge.


17 August 2018

 Friday 17th of August 2018

Pistenbully making the winterhills.


16 August 2018

Thursday 16th of August 2018

Iben in the sunset. The picture is taken 00:15 – just after midnight.

Mills Cross

15 August 2018

Wednesday 15th of August 2018

A drone image of the PistenBully pulling the Mills Cross Radar.

Doctors Tent

14 August 2018

 Tuesday 14th of August 2018

A look into Lise Lotte’s tent where she is documenting and packing the equipment.

Mills Cross Radar

13 August 2018

 Monday 13th of August 2018

Mills Cross Radar.

Saturday Night Dinner

12 August 2018

 Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of August 2018

Saturday night dinner.

Preparations for close down of EGRIP 2018

10 August 2018

 Friday 10th of August

Iben on the roof of the logging cabin taking a ‘break’ from removing snow blocks above the cabin.

Mission day

9 August 2018

 Thursday 9th of August

Building the two ice pallets.

Packing tents and weatherports

8 August 2018

 Wednesday 8th of August

Packing weatherports and building pallets.

Packing, packing, packing

7 August 2018

 Tuesday 7th of August 2018

Moving equipment from the Surface Program tents to the area accessible with skidoo.

Last drilling and processing day

6 August 2018

 Monday 6th of August 2018

Happy Science Trench Team.

‘My watch is over’

5 August 2018

 Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of August 2018

A tired night shift happy to finish the filter runs on the last shift.

KOPRI 10 m surface core

3 August 2018

 Friday 3rd of August

Eager team drilling the 10 m KOPRI ice core.

Very Snowy Day

2 August 2018

 Thursday 2nd of August 2018

Nansen sledges in the snow.

Aliens at EGRIP

1 August 2018

 Wednesday 1st of August

Vapor drone over camp.

Plus degrees at EGRIP

31 July 2018

 Tuesday 31st of July 2018

Barbaque for dinner. Frede and Sarah are the grill masters and Susanne is enjoying a burger. The weather station.

EGRIP Processing line in top gear

30 July 2018

 Monday 30th of July 2018

Science trench team bringing empty foam boxes down into the trench.


28 July 2018

 Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of July 2018

EGRIP ice bar with Silje, Sarah and Sonja serving an aperitif before the meal.

Plastic bag production

27 July 2018

 Friday 27th of July 2018

The science team in plastic bag production mode.

Mills Cross Radar Balloon Sledge

26 July 2018

 Thursday 26th of July 2018

In preparation for a radar testing program after next flight period (9 August) we inflated and tested a drag system of the 18 m x 18 m balloon sledge.

EGRIP Michelin Restaurant

25 July 2018

 Wednesday 25th of July 2018

To be at EGRIP is like eating at a Michelin restaurant two times a day.

A peaceful and sunny day

24 July 2018

 Tuesday 24th of July 2018

With the good weather humor was high in the camp and all the work went well.

Establishing routines again

23 July 2018

 Monday 23rd of July 2018

It felt good to wake up in the morning to a normal day and start the drill trench, science trench and surface program with mixed groups of trained and untrained scientists

A busy weekend

22 July 2018

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of July 2018

The weekend has been really busy with many guest and a major crew exchange.

Guests at EGRIP

20 July 2018

 Friday 20th of July 2018

A flight day. The weather was perfect and we received Skier51 just before noon.

Signs of deformation

19 July 2018

 Thursday 19th of July 2018

The EGRIP camp is situated on the North East Greenland Ice Stream (NEGIS) and is thus moving almost 60 m with the flow every year.

Skier operations and glacial isotopes

18 July 2018

 Wednesday 18th of July 2018

Time to say goodbye to the JSEP group after a couple of exciting days here at EGRIP.

An exciting day

17 July 2018

 Tuesday 17th of July 2018

Today was the second full day of the JSEP groups visit to EGRIP, and what a day it was!

A lively camp

16 July 2018

 Monday 16th of July 2018

Thanks to the JSEP group, the EGRIP camp is now buzzing with activity both below surface and on the surface.

Guests at EGRIP

15 July 2018

 Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of July 2018

This weekend has been very exciting here at EGRIP, first we had our festive Saturday dinner-party with Sonja, Pia, Nico and Julien preparing an excellent dinner three course for all of us.

Turning a setback around

13 July 2018

 Friday 13th of July 2018

Another eventful day in the EGRIP drill trench.

Good news and bad news

12 July 2018

 Thursday 12th of July 2018

Today was an eventful day, both at the RADIX site and in the EGRIP drill trench.

Filtering again

11 July 2018

 Wednesday 11th of July 2018

The saga of the chips unfortunately seems hard to complete.

Drilling progress

10 July 2018

 Tuesday 10th of July 2018

Both in the EGRIP drilling trench and at the RADIX site progress was made in the drilling operations.

Fun activities in camp

9 July 2018

 Monday 9th of July 2018

At a remote field camp, small breaks in the daily routine are always appreciated, and Monday evening our doctor Lasse had kindly prepared a pop-quiz for us.

Producing the right chips

8 July 2018

 Saturday 7th July and Sunday 8th of July 2018

Talk here at EGRIP is all about chips – albeit not the ones you eat, but the small cuttings produced while drilling through the ice sheet.

Processing catching up

6 July 2018

 Friday 6th of July 2018

Today the processing line managed to get within 25m of the current drilling depth, in reality catching up, as we do like the cores to rest for a day or two in the buffer before processing them.

Drilling adjustments

5 July 2018

 Thursday 5th of July 2018

Today the drillers had a special guest in their trench – the dragon Dewi from Ysgol Bryn y Môr in Swansea.

Drilling again

4 July 2018

 Wednesday 4th of July 2018

White ash layer on a black backgroung in the EGRIP core. Maybe the Vedde ash.

Drilling again

3 July 2018

 Tuesday 3rd of July 2018

Drilling ice cores at EGRIP. Left: A core peaks out of the bottom of the deep drill. Right: Nan inspects a core in the loggers cabin after extracting it from the drill.

Two camps

2 July 2018

 Monday 2nd of July 2018

RADIX camp, 27km NW of EGRIP.

A busy Weekend

1 July 2018

 Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st of July 2018

Left: Omelettes for Sunday brunch is prepared to order by our doctor Lasse and our chef Frederik: Right: Melanie, Anja and Siwan prepared Welsh style lamb with a mint sauce for Saturday dinner – supervised by Dewi the red Welsh dragon.

New crew in camp

29 June 2018

 Friday 29th of June 2018

Skier 51 resupplying EGRIP camp.

Ice Music Concert

28 June 2018

 Thursday 28th of June 2018

The Ice Music concert in the Concert trench. A great experience.

Terminating the firn gas drilling and setting up the RADIX camp

27 June 2018

 Wednesday 27th of June 2018

The RADIX train leaving camp

Entering glacial ice

26 June 2018

 Tuesday 26th of June 2018

Today, visible cloudy bands showed up in the freshly drilled ice core; a clear indication that we have now entered ice from the last glacial period. Later a volcanic ash layer showed up, possibly being the well-known Icelandic Vedde ash layer...

Monday 25th June

25 June 2018

 Monday, 25th of June 2018

Today was a major day of exchange as we received a Skier with 25 passengers.

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June

24 June 2018

 Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of June 2018

Saturday night Valerie gave us an impressive demonstration of Dome-acrobatics.

Testing a newly designed toilet seat. Apparently, there is no risk, the hole has the right size.

22 June 2018

 Friday 22nd of June 2018

Testing a newly designed toilet seat. Apparently, there is no risk, the hole has the right size.

Summer Solstice celebration in the ice sheet

21 June 2018

 Thursday 21st of June 2018

Summer Solstice celebration in the ice sheet.

Terminating the firn gas program

20 June 2018

 Wednesday 20th of June 2018

Terminating the firn gas program

Logging ice cores at double speed

19 June 2018

 Tuesday, 19th of June 2018

The deep drilling is steadily continuing and cores are now being logged in two shifts. This should allow the logging to catch up with the drilling within this week.

Terminating main processing of ice drilled in 2017

18 June 2018

 Monday 18th of June 2018

Today the main processing line of the science trench reached the end of the brittle ice that had been stored in the ice core buffer over the winter

Departing kites, a great party, and another visible ash layer

17 June 2018

Saturday  16th and Sunday 17th of June 2018

Departing kites, a great party, and another visible ash layer.

A camp full of activity

15 June 2018

 Friday, 16th of June 2018

The deep drilling produced an impressive 24.5 m of long ice cores of excellent quality today.

A Norwegian visit

14 June 2018

 Thursday, 14th of June 2018

Early in the morning three kites showed up in the horizon, and shortly after we had three Norwegian kite-skiers in camp.

The difficult brittle ice

13 June 2018

 Wednesday, 13th of June 2018

It was a difficult day for the deep drilling that experienced many technical challenges last night and this morning.

A visible ash layer in the ice and start of the firn gas sampling

12 June 2018

Tuesday 12th of June 2018

In the morning we said goodbye to Norland 3 Twin Otter that headed towards Iceland.

A Twin Otter brings 6 visitors to camp for a night

11 June 2018

 Monday, 11th of June 2018

The deep drilling has started up again producing nice long ice cores in one piece after a weekend of crew exchange and filter runs.

New people in town

10 June 2018

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of June 2018

New people in town.

Plane delayed until Sunday. Work continues.

8 June 2018

 Friday, 8th of June 2018

The warm and moist weather continues with periods of fine weather and overcast and snow.

Temperature record for early June: -1.4 C.

7 June 2018

 Thursday, 7th of June 2018

This morning the snowy and windy and warm weather continued.

A snowy day all in white.

6 June 2018

Wednesday  6th of June 2018

A snowy day all in white.

Summer appears to have arrived.

5 June 2018

Tuesday  5th of June 2018

Summer appears to have arrived.

Back to the daily routine.

4 June 2018

Monday  4th of June 2018

Back to the daily routine.

A weekend with unwanted drama.

3 June 2018

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of June 2018

The weekend began with much unwanted drama.

A polar bear incident in the EGRIP camp.

2 June 2018

Saturday 2nd of June

A polar bear incident in the EGRIP camp. This is an extra report.

Ice cores and snow caves.

1 June 2018

Friday  1st of June 2018

Ice cores and snow caves.

We prepare ourselves for high winds this evening.

31 May 2018

 Thursday 31st of May 2018

We prepare ourselves for high winds this evening.


Temperature gets more agreeable.

30 May 2018

Wednesday 30th of May 2018

Temperature gets more agreeable.

Good that we chose barbeque yesterday.

29 May 2018

 Wednesday, 29th of May 2018

The wind has come back again today, so yesterday was just a short break.

Drilling, processing and spareribs.

28 May 2018

 Monday 28th of May 2018

Today, we took advantage of less wind and used snow blowers to bury our big balloon for another snow cave. Also, Sarah our cook, decided to try out our barbeque.

Weekend; but work with the drill, ice core processing and surface science continues.

27 May 2018

 Saturday 26th and Sunday, 27th of May 2018.

Saturday morning, all hand were on deck in the trenches and on the surface; but work on the surface was hampered by rather strong wind and snow drift.

First 2018 ice core drilled and processing is gaining speed.

25 May 2018

 Friday, 25th of May 2018

Today, the drillers made the first test run with the long version of the drill.

Core processing has begun.

24 May 2018

 Thursday 24th of May 2018

Today, core processing began with a full team. They processed 8.25 m, however many small adjustments were needed, and people need to get into the routine.

Last cleaning up and final checks before ice core processing begins.

23 May 2018

 Wednesday, 23rd of May 2018

Very few details remain before the entire ice core processing line is ready. We hope to begin ice core processing tomorrow.

Two planes came today.

22 May 2018

 Tuesday, 22nd of May 2018

The second plane with supplies and new EGRIP members came today. This is the last plane before 7.June.

Preparing for flight tomorrow.

21 May 2018

 Monday, 21st of May 2018

The drillers have now completed pre-tensioning of the 3,400 m cable on the winch. Next step is mounting of the drill. In the science trench, planning of the core processing is in full swing.

Beautiful weekend on the ice.

20 May 2018

 Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of May 2018

The fine weather continues, and with hardly any wind, it has been gorgeous. The conditions were ideal for opening stairwell and elevator shaft and handling big balloons.

Activity above and below.

18 May 2018

 Friday, 18th of May 2018

We have had really good working conditions today. We took advantage of the fine weather to clean up in the cargo line and excavate the wooden roof over the staircase to the drill trench and cast an extension of the stairwell to the present surface

Today we received an LC-130 flight.

17 May 2018

 Thursday, 17th of May 2018

Weather was good, and today we received a Hercules plane from Kangerlussuaq. We had the first crew exchange of the season.

Preparations for flight tomorrow are finished.

16 May 2018

 Wednesday 16th of May 2018

One of the first milestones of the season was reached today, as logging of the brittle core from 2017 was completed.

Preparations for flight tomorrow which is postponed to Thursday.

15 May 2018

 Tuesday, 15th of May 2018

The first of the put-in crew are already scheduled to leave tomorrow as we have an LC-130 flight scheduled.

Cleaning the borehole.

14 May 2018

 Monday 14th of May 2018

In preparation for the actual ice core drilling, the borehole logger was lowered into the hole yesterday. Today, drillers made the first filter run.

A good weekend at EGRIP.

13 May 2018

 Saturday, 12th of May and Sunday 13th of May 2018

Saturday was rather windy; but with higher temperature than the previous days.

It appears spring has arrived to EGRIP.

11 May 2018

 Friday, 11th of May 2018

At noon, a very weak front passed over with some clouds for an hour, the wind changed from SW to SE and temperatures increased by 6 C within half an hour.

A very special day. EGRIP turned into an airport.

10 May 2018

 Thursday, 10th of May 2018

Today, we received a visit of a group of distinguished visitors. It consisted of a mainly Swiss delegation of senior scientists, decision makers, the press, and the Swiss Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark.

Radar measurements, work on the surface and in the trenches.

9 May 2018

 Wednesday 9th of May 2018

The day has been fine; but very cold again. It is difficult to start engines both on the air plane and the vehicles. Everything takes longer time.

Finally, the German Basler arrived.

8 May 2018

 Tuesday 8th of May 2018

Today was the day. The air over North Greenland is now dry and cold and the Basler made it to EGRIP at 12.05. After a short break, they flew a two hour radar survey in the vicinity of EGRIP.

A sunny, cold and nice day at EGRIP.

7 May 2018

 Monday, 7th of May 2018

Work in camp is in full swing. People are working intensely to prepare the drill trench.

Activity in carpenters garage and underground.

6 May 2018

 Sunday 6th of May 2018

Many tasks are beginning in parallel in the trenches by several teams.

First official Saturday evening in camp.

5 May 2018

 Saturday 5th of May 2018

Although the weather continues to be cold and unstable, and German Basler again was cancelled, we did some work on the surface and in the trenches.

Today it happened. Our people came in with re-supply.

4 May 2018

 Friday 4th of May 2018

The blizzard blew itself out last night. This morning offered good flying conditions, after the ground fog dissipated.

Both planes today cancelled due to poor weather conditions (and again!)

3 May 2018

 Thursday 3rd of May 2018

The irony of it all! Today, a bit unexpected, weather this morning was peaceful and nice. The plane from Kangerlussuaq was scheduled to depart at 10.30.

Both planes today cancelled due to poor weather conditions (again!).

2 May 2018

 Wednesday 2nd of May 2018

Again today, the weather has been unsuitable for flying and working too much outside.

Both planes today cancelled due to poor weather conditions

1 May 2018

 Tuesday 1st of May 2018

This morning we woke up to -40°C and 8 kt wind. It was cold.

Better weather. Still cold though.

30 April 2018

 Monday 30th of April 2018

The forecasts were a bit too pessimistic – and we are happy about that.

Rough weather. Tough to be outside.

29 April 2018

Sunday 29th of April 2018

Today, we were happy that we finished a weatherport yesterday evening. Last night the wind picked up, and during the whole day today the wind was not less than 15-22 knots.

Day two at EGRIP. Luckily it got warmer.

28 April 2018

Saturday 28th of April 2018

The night was cold, even in the main dome; but at night progressed, the effects of a hot stove and several electrical heaters were felt, and it was much easier to get out of bed than into it the previous evening. 

EastGRIP camp 2018 is now open!

27 April 2018

 Friday 27th of April 2018

The first team of 9 field participants arrived at EastGRIP at 15.20 local time. Temperature was -33°C and the wind was 11 knots, so it felt quite chilly.