Friday, November 7, 2008


Today we are pulling our food. The food that is available for field camps is displayed on shelfs. Here we have to select the kind and quantity of food we want to eat for the next 5 weeks. This is not so easy, since it has to be enough for everybody and should also b easy to prepare on a two-flame gas stove. So we made a list of food we want. Now we have 2.5 hours to collect the items, to pack them in wooden boxes (called rock boxes), weigh the boxes and get them ready for the transport with the helicopter.

After the food pull we go in our cage where personnel from the Berg Field Center (BFC) stored our camping equipment. The BFC is the place were all camping/outdoor gear is stored and maintained. After returning from the field camp the equipment is checked and repaired if necessary. Then it is ready for the next field party.

Our field equipment includes kitchen box, stoves, tents, sleeping bags, waste buckets, shovels, and more. Everything has to be packed into boxes and duffel bags, inventoried and weighted. All equipment goes to the helicopter port ready to be loaded when we fly out. It is important to have the weight of the gear since there is a limit on how much a helicopter can transport.

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