The day started by being at the airport and was all about logistics,logistical support and getting ourselves with all of our equipment and supplies to the pre-planned field camp. The photo above is our way in. It had been originally planned for us to fly in via float plane but due to the late snow and ice melt it would be too risky to land on the water and so chopper was the only option.Trevor and HRG, Trevor was our pilot today and he was based at Red Dog mine and so we were lucky to have this service today.
This was just some of our supplies and equipment that had to be flown in and so after it all being weighed it had to put in to a sling net and then winched in separately to us on board as it is not allowed to winch and carry passengers at the same time. We took enough emergency supplies in with us such as tents, some food and a Shotgun on the first flight in case of any unforeseen circumstances and that the chopper could not make the return flights with all of camp supplies.
On route from Kotzebue to Field Camp.
The runway at Kotzebue above where we flew in to yesterday and some great scenic photos below of the journey which took around 45 minutes.
The above photo shows our pre planned field camp location but it was decided to move camp to just over 1 mile east as the main survey area was going to be further away from field camp than had been originally expected.
The video above shows the chopper coming with supplies and we had 2 loads brought in like this on the day.
The chopper departing after the final load was brought in and then it was just us on the Tundra with the nearest people being Inupiat Natives (Eskimo's) 5 miles to the south south east of us. Now all we had to do was set up camp!