To collect data, we hauled our sleds 55 miles across the flat tundra all the way to the Beaufort Sea. We stopped every 7 miles and dug a pit, probed snow depth, and analyzed the snowpack. Our measurement helped add data points from some remote zones for climate researchers doing the same work.
The days were long and hard: Wake up and convince yourself that you really do have to get out of your warm sleeping bag. Go get the bear bags that held breakfast (oh yeah… check for polar bears first), and fire up the stoves. Break down camp and pack up the sleds. Get moving and cover ground so your toes come back to life. Find a snow science site and spend the next few hours digging, probing, and measuring in the whipping wind. Keep moving, set up camp, eat, lather, rinse and repeat.