June 21, 2022

Greenland National Day

JJ is raising the Greenlandic flag here at EGRIP during our Greenlandic National Day flag hoisting ceremony.

Today we celebrated the Greenlandic National Day here at EGRIP. At lunch JJ gave a speech explaining some of the traditions for the day. JJ also read and translated verses from the Greenlandic National Anthem. Later in the day the camp flag line was put into place, and we held a flag hoisting ceremony starting with a toast in Calvados brought by Dorthe, followed by JJ raising the Greenlandic flag and explaining its history and symbolism.
For dinner we enjoyed a delicious reindeer soup prepared by Jeppe and Daniel followed by “ice sheet” layer cake made by Bo and Jeppe, which was accompanied by a glass of port. A very nice day here at EGRIP indeed.
In the trenches excavation work continued at pace and at the end of the day we inflated the big green balloon in the ramp to block out potential snowdrift during tomorrows expected windy conditions. Also, surface cargo was cleared or lifted in anticipation of upcoming deterioration in weather.
On the surface shallow drilling proceeded nicely after Romain serviced the drill in the morning and the drone team performed another low-level flight. Work is also ongoing to fit the EGRIP radar system into the Polypod, while troubleshooting continued for the Greenland Exploration Rover and ApRES here in camp.

What we did today:

  1. Celebrating the Greenland National Day and installing the flag line.
  2. Excavation of drill trench by all available hands in camp.
  3. Extracting snow-blocks by Flexmobile-driven sledge up the new ramp.
  4. Servicing of skidoos and clearing/organizing surface in camp.
  5. Shallow coring of the EGRIP S8 core using the AWI drill system south of camp, depth 54m.
  6. ApRES an Greenland Exploration Rover tests and troubleshooting.
  7. Installation of the EGRIP radar system in the Polypod.
  8. A low-level drone flight and snow sampling.

Weather today: Overcast with some intermittent snow and one brief sunny spell in the evening. Temp. -15°C to -12°C. Wind: 6-18 kt from N turning NW during the evening, Visibility: Variable, poor during snow showers.

FL, Bo M. Vinther