Well our team has been running into all sorts of problems this season. The first and most important is that our compressor is not working. No compressor, no air in our tanks, no diving. Hopefully that will be resolved by tomorrow.
In our wait for tank fills, we have been giving all we have to get all the holes we will need to dive melted. Everything was going fine until yesterday. To start off the morning, one of our team members forgot to turn the hotsy back on after fueling at 3:30am. This caused our hole to refreeze by the next fueling. Fortunately we were able reset the system and start the melting process again later in the afternoon.
We then turned our attention to opening Cape Bernacchi. The plan was for a small camp to be set up out there for my self and Hilary, another diver, to stay out there and monitor the hotsy and hole melting process. We took off for the Cape after dinner, figuring that we would be able to drill our hole and start the melting process in about an hour or so. Well after troubleshooting several little problems, we managed to get everything going. And then the burner on the hotsy wouldn’t turn on. Without the burner to head the hotsy, we couldn’t melt our hole. We fiddled around with it for a little while, but were ultimately defeated. We left the site for camp at 2 am. It was a 45 min snowmobile ride home and at 3 am I hit the cot. Hopefully we will have better luck today.