Helicopter to Spike Camp

Alaska

We rose early in order to have the 6:30am SKYPE call with Tony and WFAA.  So wonderful that we can communicate that way!  The call went well and if all works out ok there should be a story during the 5pm newscast today. So be on the lookout!

Denny plans with the pilot

We also awoke to the news that the helicopter departure had been delayed a half hour, so our departure time from the apartment to the helipad is moved to 8:30am.

By the way – A shout out to Denny Capps, Ph.D, a Denali Park geologist, and Lucy Tyrrell (once again) for all the organizing and planning they have done to make this backcountry trip happen!

Denny is also the helicopter manager for this flight. Denny arrives and consults with the pilot, Eric, to make plans for the loading and drops.

Here is the helicopter!

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Team and gear loading for helicopter

We rose early in order to have the 6:30am SKYPE call with Tony and WFAA.  So wonderful that we can communicate that way!  The call went well and if all works out ok there should be a story during the 5pm newscast today. So be on the lookout! We also awoke to the news that…

Meeting Up With Teammate Paul

Alaska

Paul McCarthyTonight we finally rendezvoused with another member of the team: Paul McCarthy.  Paul has known Tony for about 14 years.  He is a sedimentologist with the department of geology and geophysics in the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  His specialty is Cretaceous-aged rocks. Over the last 15 years he has been working on things that were deposited north of about 60 degrees north paleo latitude, right up to almost the North Pole.  These are considered cretaceous artic environments.

He is looking at the depositional environments in the paleo climate and all that goes with it so Tony’s research ties right in with what he is studying and his studies tie in with Tony’s goals for the expedition.

In Tony’s words Paul studies the mud between the toes of the dinosaurs that he studies.  And all that can tell Tony about the environment and the climate in which these dinosaurs actually lived.

 

 

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Paul McCarthy

Tonight we finally rendezvoused with another member of the team: Paul McCarthy.  Paul has known Tony for about 14 years.  He is a sedimentologist with the department of geology and geophysics in the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  His specialty is Cretaceous-aged rocks. Over the last 15 years he has been working…

Spike Camp Prep Day

Alaska

bear cansToday is the day that all the preparations for the helicopter trip into the spike camp happen.

This includes things like laundry, errands and packing – but the term packing in this case means more than just clothes. First thing this morning Tony and I went to the Wilderness Access Office to pick up some bear cans.  Two cans for each person.

These cans are supposed to be grizzly bear proof. These cans have to hold all food and toiletries for the entire trip. That is anything that has a smell needs to be put into these cans.  Anything.  This trip is 5 days long.

Tony talks to us about packing the cans:

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bear cans

Today is the day that all the preparations for the helicopter trip into the spike camp happen. This includes things like laundry, errands and packing – but the term packing in this case means more than just clothes. First thing this morning Tony and I went to the Wilderness Access Office to pick up some…

Logging Molds

Alaska

Yoshi and Yuong get to work packing molds

As you heard before from Montana and Dan, it is important that each mold and all finds get documented, not only by the park but by the Perot Museum team as well.

You previously learned about all the information that gets taken while in the field but once we get the molds from the field and back to the apartment.

Yoshi and Yuong get to work to pack them for their next leg of travel:

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Posted from Healy, Alaska, United States.

Yoshi and Yuong get to work packing molds

As you heard before from Montana and Dan, it is important that each mold and all finds get documented, not only by the park but by the Perot Museum team as well. You previously learned about all the information that gets taken while in the field but once we get the molds from the field…