Sunday, December 14, 2008

North Slope news: 14 Dec. 2008--more news

Got a message from Cameron today. He has permission to use the hut on Iko Bay. This is the same hut Cameron stayed in last year. It belongs to Geoff Carroll, biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Cameron and Chiu have all their equipment, fuel, ammo, etc., ready, and they'll be leaving on foot for Iko Bay tomorrow (Monday 15 December). It will probably take two to three days to make it to the hut on Iko Bay, so the lads will be sleeping in tents for one or two nights, and traveling about 6-8 miles a day.

Cameron tested his paraglider today by pulling it above his head in the wind. He reports that it felt good. The weather was unusually warm today: about 20 degrees above F.

Below are some photos from today.
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Bell 412 Chopper used by Search & Rescue. Pilots can fly these craft in wind gusts up to 60 knots:

A fence by the airstrip. The orange light on the right is not the sun (it doesn't rise above the horizon this time of year). Rather it's a a wind sock illuminated by a lamp to help pilots judge the wind on landing:

Another photo of the helicopter:

Inupiat Heritage Center with bowhead whale skull mounted in front:

Cameron with new ruff sewed onto his hood:

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