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First 2018 ice core drilled and processing is gaining speed.

25 May 2018

 Friday, 25th of May 2018

Today, the drillers made the first test run with the long version of the drill.

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Core processing has begun.

24 May 2018

 Thursday 24th of May 2018

Today, core processing began with a full team. They processed 8.25 m, however many small adjustments were needed, and people need to get into the routine.

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Last cleaning up and final checks before ice core processing begins.

23 May 2018

 Wednesday, 23rd of May 2018

Very few details remain before the entire ice core processing line is ready. We hope to begin ice core processing tomorrow.

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Two planes came today.

22 May 2018

 Tuesday, 22nd of May 2018

The second plane with supplies and new EGRIP members came today. This is the last plane before 7.June.

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Preparing for flight tomorrow.

21 May 2018

 Monday, 21st of May 2018

The drillers have now completed pre-tensioning of the 3,400 m cable on the winch. Next step is mounting of the drill. In the science trench, planning of the core processing is in full swing.

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Beautiful weekend on the ice.

20 May 2018

 Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of May 2018

The fine weather continues, and with hardly any wind, it has been gorgeous. The conditions were ideal for opening stairwell and elevator shaft and handling big balloons.

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Activity above and below.

18 May 2018

 Friday, 18th of May 2018

We have had really good working conditions today. We took advantage of the fine weather to clean up in the cargo line and excavate the wooden roof over the staircase to the drill trench and cast an extension of the stairwell to the present surface

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Today we received an LC-130 flight.

17 May 2018

 Thursday, 17th of May 2018

Weather was good, and today we received a Hercules plane from Kangerlussuaq. We had the first crew exchange of the season.

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Preparations for flight tomorrow are finished.

16 May 2018

 Wednesday 16th of May 2018

One of the first milestones of the season was reached today, as logging of the brittle core from 2017 was completed.

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Preparations for flight tomorrow which is postponed to Thursday.

15 May 2018

 Tuesday, 15th of May 2018

The first of the put-in crew are already scheduled to leave tomorrow as we have an LC-130 flight scheduled.

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Cleaning the borehole.

14 May 2018

 Monday 14th of May 2018

In preparation for the actual ice core drilling, the borehole logger was lowered into the hole yesterday. Today, drillers made the first filter run.

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A good weekend at EGRIP.

13 May 2018

 Saturday, 12th of May and Sunday 13th of May 2018

Saturday was rather windy; but with higher temperature than the previous days.

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It appears spring has arrived to EGRIP.

11 May 2018

 Friday, 11th of May 2018

At noon, a very weak front passed over with some clouds for an hour, the wind changed from SW to SE and temperatures increased by 6 C within half an hour.

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A very special day. EGRIP turned into an airport.

10 May 2018

 Thursday, 10th of May 2018

Today, we received a visit of a group of distinguished visitors. It consisted of a mainly Swiss delegation of senior scientists, decision makers, the press, and the Swiss Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark.

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Radar measurements, work on the surface and in the trenches.

09 May 2018

 Wednesday 9th of May 2018

The day has been fine; but very cold again. It is difficult to start engines both on the air plane and the vehicles. Everything takes longer time.

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Finally, the German Basler arrived.

08 May 2018

 Tuesday 8th of May 2018

Today was the day. The air over North Greenland is now dry and cold and the Basler made it to EGRIP at 12.05. After a short break, they flew a two hour radar survey in the vicinity of EGRIP.

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A sunny, cold and nice day at EGRIP.

07 May 2018

 Monday, 7th of May 2018

Work in camp is in full swing. People are working intensely to prepare the drill trench.

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Activity in carpenters garage and underground.

06 May 2018

 Sunday 6th of May 2018

Many tasks are beginning in parallel in the trenches by several teams.

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First official Saturday evening in camp.

05 May 2018

 Saturday 5th of May 2018

Although the weather continues to be cold and unstable, and German Basler again was cancelled, we did some work on the surface and in the trenches.

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Today it happened. Our people came in with re-supply.

04 May 2018

 Friday 4th of May 2018

The blizzard blew itself out last night. This morning offered good flying conditions, after the ground fog dissipated.

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Both planes today cancelled due to poor weather conditions (and again!)

03 May 2018

 Thursday 3rd of May 2018

The irony of it all! Today, a bit unexpected, weather this morning was peaceful and nice. The plane from Kangerlussuaq was scheduled to depart at 10.30.

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Both planes today cancelled due to poor weather conditions (again!).

02 May 2018

 Wednesday 2nd of May 2018

Again today, the weather has been unsuitable for flying and working too much outside.

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Both planes today cancelled due to poor weather conditions

01 May 2018

 Tuesday 1st of May 2018

This morning we woke up to -40°C and 8 kt wind. It was cold.

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Better weather. Still cold though.

30 April 2018

 Monday 30th of April 2018

The forecasts were a bit too pessimistic – and we are happy about that.

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Rough weather. Tough to be outside.

29 April 2018

Sunday 29th of April 2018

Today, we were happy that we finished a weatherport yesterday evening. Last night the wind picked up, and during the whole day today the wind was not less than 15-22 knots.

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Day two at EGRIP. Luckily it got warmer.

28 April 2018

Saturday 28th of April 2018

The night was cold, even in the main dome; but at night progressed, the effects of a hot stove and several electrical heaters were felt, and it was much easier to get out of bed than into it the previous evening. 

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EastGRIP camp 2018 is now open!

27 April 2018

 Friday 27th of April 2018

The first team of 9 field participants arrived at EastGRIP at 15.20 local time. Temperature was -33°C and the wind was 11 knots, so it felt quite chilly.

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