Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Camp Raven, Greenland



These are some pictures of where I spent the last week. It is called camp Raven. Two people, Drew and Silver are stationed here for the whole summer season. There main purpose here is to keep a ski way groomed for the Air National Guard to practice landing ski equipped LC-130's.

The first picture is of DYE II. The DYE sites are the Greenland section of the DEW line. The Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line began on 15 February 1954 when President Eisenhower signed the bill approving the construction. It, was designed and built during the "Cold War" as the primary line of air defence warning of "Over the Pole" invasion of the North American Continent. They were then abandoned around 1986. A typical waste of government money.
We went inside and toured around. It is an amazing structure. It is also sad to see that they were just left with millions of dollars of equipment and parts inside.


This building is called the E-Shack. It is an emergency shelter and where I slept for the last 3 nights I spent there. It was nice and warm if the wind wasn't blowing too hard.

















This is where I spent the first three nights. It is an Arctic Oven tent. Nothing oven like about it.
I was comfy and warm in a -40 degree sleeping bag. It was just cold getting ready for bed and getting dressed in the morning.





Me bundled up.
I was going to add more pictures but the internet isn't working very well right now.




Thursday, April 16, 2009

Geoff in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland


This is a picture of Kangerlussuaq, taken from a hill just outside of town. This is where I am staying for the first two weeks of my time in Greenland. I live in one of the buildings in the line of structures in the bottom right of the picture.
On April 20th I will leave here to go to a field camp called Raven Camp. It is a small camp staffed with two people. They basically maintain a skiway for the Air National Guard to do training. I will be at this camp for about 10 days helping to set everything up. There will be five of us there for the 10 days.
When I get back from Raven Camp I will head to another camp called Summit Camp. It is kind comparable to the South Pole Camp in Antarctica. While there I will be helping with construction projects. I leave there somewhere around June 23 and should be back in CO by June 25th to see my beautiful wife.
I will try to post more pictures soon but the internet is not cooperating with me right now.

Greenland Pics

This is me at the edge of a glacier. This glacier is one of the many coming off of the ice shelf. It is about a 45 minute ride from town down a dirt road.

The two black dots in the picture below are Musk Ox. I promise. They wander free around here and are hunted regularly. These are the first two that I saw.







This is what happens to the Musk Ox heads. They get left in a pile in the middle of town. Musk Ox is a large part of the diet here. It is actually pretty tasty.










A Greenland Sunset. This picture if for you Danielle.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

New Car!!!

We bought a brand new car. A Subaru Impreza Outback Sport. This is exciting for me because this is the first new car I (Geoff)
have ever owned. Unfortunatly I am in Greenland so it is Danielle's car for now.