25 May, 2000

> Greetings from Summit:

> Thinking that it loked like the cellar door in the Wizard of Oz, I opened > the angled door and began the dark descent into the science trench. I > literally worked in the trenches today in the field. I was helping to set > up the monitoring equipment for the tests Dr. Dibb will start running next > week. The equipment is in a 10x12x10 foot trench in the ice. The walls > are lined with plywood and there are several heaters working full time. > It actually got up to +10 degrees C in the trench- a heat wave for sure! > Outside it has been around -20 degrees C for most of the day. >

> Winds got up to 10 knots which made it seem colder, so I was glad to be > below. Everyone here works so long and hard, even when they don't feel > well. One of the researchers is suffering from a case of altitude > sickness. Tim, the medic, has a specially made "chamber" called a Gamow > bag that increases the ambient pressure on a person so that the body can > have a respite from the reduced pressure at our altitude, thus lessening > the symptoms. The results were OK but I don't think they were as dramatic > as the researcher would have liked. He didn't feel great, but you'd never > know it from the way he was back at work afterward.


> Warm regards,

> Besse Dawson

The door to the science trench below the ice. > <>

The Gramow bag "chamber" for altitude sickness. <>

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