We made it! I’m super excited. Great weather all around this morning. A sunny calm, clear day all the way from Kangerlussuaq to Summit. Two planes to summit in one day means the crew here is pretty busy shlepping gear around.
Though I’m pretty excited to get started organizing our sleds and gear, the delay while gear is moved about is probably a good thing. Summit is at a bit over 10,000 feet altitude, and actually has air pressure even lower than that – so adjusting from sea level can actually take some time. It drives me crazy to work slowly when we’ve just had a few weather days but LOTS of people get altitude sickness here – and I know I’ll have a headache soon. A quick walk across the room that leaves you breathing heavily reminds you how much less air there is. If we don’t start moving too fast right away, we can save ourselves a lot of discomfort.
We’re the first ones in for the season – and the people who wintered over are actually surprisingly well adjusted! Not even a wild look in their eyes, and who can complain about fresh baked bread and cookies. Thanks Summit crew!
The rest of the evening will include us getting more adjusted and starting to get our gear pallet broken out as well as trying to adjust our plans for our few days of delay. The big question will be whether to wait up for our last compatriot, Nate – who is scheduled to arrive on the 27th, or head out with the three of us to make our fuel cache as planned.