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“What sort of things might you need to pack if you were part of a research team in Alaska for 2 weeks at a glacier site?
Assuming shelter, food, and water is taken care of?”
“Sun glasses and a sun suit. The sun can really reflect off of the snow and ice.
Does this mean that you are going, or are you just playing games?”
“depends on cash flow - but very seriously considering doing it”
“dress warm...even in the summer its really cold right on and next to the glacier....
Does the research involve the glacier itself?”
“btw...did you receive all 4 pages?”
“Yes. I can forward you the info if interested - it's in June but with airfar and additional gear would run just under 3 grand.... :(
and yes - but I had five pages total....where's page 5?
PS - You're feedback is much appreciated and will be integrated into the paper tonight. THANK YOU SO MUCH!”
“I didn't make any comments on the pages I didn't send....”
“weight of all gear brought has to be under 40lbs because the site is only accessible via a bi-plane thingy...”
“thingy? lol...so that would be some type of airplane?”
“Serious Boot Thingies and Real Crampon Thingies, definitely.
Ice axe thingy, too, more than likely.”
“hmmm...the paperwork didn't mention those...
makin' fun of my "thingy"!
okay - out of the house now”
“Seems like you'd definitely need those if you're going to be on the glacier....”
“If you're going to be part of a team, most likely they will provide you with a list of needed items and recommended items.”
“I wish I could go. I will make it to Alaska someday.”
be ready for the bugs....
“A head-net thingy for certain. Otherise, you might find your eyes, ears, nose, and so forth full of little flying thingies.
If you expect to spend any time in short sleeve shirts, or wearing short pants, get a full body bug suit. I seem to reall seeing pictures of Snow Nymph wearing such a thingie. Probably doesn't weigh much of anything.
Don't forget the bug repellant. I usually get the kind that comes in a small plastic bottle thingie.”
“What part of Alaska, Twinks? And, what are the dates?”
“June 21 - July 5
But don't think the funds will happen for this :(”
“that'd be an awesome trip! and a great experience.”
“It might be daylight nearly all the time, so maybe a sleep mask(?)
You know... the Lone Ranger Look without the eyeholes.”
“still really really really want to do this....”
“don't blame you...”
“Lots of sunscreen and a sun hat, as well a high quality glacier glasses with glass lenses and a nose shield are inmportant. Buy an El Cheapo pair of glasses as a spare (Sierra Trading Post or Campmor).
Bugs won't be a problem on the glacier, but you might be doing things on the terminal moraine which can be quite buggy.
Fruit leathers come to mind because of what might be a boring diet.
Polyester tights, shirts and nylon shorts are handy in the sun.
Crevasse gear (rope, prussiks, harness, ice axe, helmet, perhaps a pully and an ascender), along with instruction ought to be provided if needed.
“Plastic boots with regular (not high altitude) liners and OR Big Crocs G-Tex gaiters.”
“I once lived near Cordova. You might want to bring bug spray as well. Also, rain gear! Many of the galciers out there are in valleys (go figure), where the temps are around 50 some degrees off the glacier in the moraines.
I wonder if it's the Shoop Glacier. Send me details Twinks, if ya don't mind.
“Yeah, it may be the Shoop Galcier, which is located on the eastern side of Prince William Sound. $3,000 sounds steep, but I guess if they are feeding you and providing gear it's not so bad.”
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