Monday, November 3, 2008

WAIS - Nov 3, 2008 - Matthew Kippenhan

WAIS Divide is back in action

Sunny but windy, between -32 C and -35 C.

WAIS Divide opened on Saturday, 11/01, via Basler at 2 pm. They refueled
the Basler and were in the modules by 3 pm. They quickly turned on
heat, got the generators going, and ran propane in the galley. Most
things wintered well. The arch has drifted a lot, but you can still see some metal on the smaller arch building. All of the heavy equipment is running, as well as four snow machines. The McM and WSD fuelies
are setting up the fuel system today. The heavy equipment operator
started grooming the skiway today to prepare for a backup flight in two
days. WAIS is a primary flight on both Thursday and Friday and five
missions are proposed for next week.