Weird Science

Today I got the opportunity to execute one of my clever science experiments. I’m not sure if it is going to work, but it was sure fun to install. Rae accompanied me today, and at different times I punched each of my legs through the ice and got both of my boots filled with water. I probably should have learned to always lead with the same leg over the sketchy bits. Still not as bad as Rae’s story of going in over her head one year.

Luckily my boots keep my feet plenty warm, even when filled with water. And it allowed me to not worry about getting my feet wet while splashing around in one of the streams flowing on the glacier. We chipped out a slot with ice axes and a drill with an 18″ long bit and installed a weir I had sawed out of plywood. The height of the water flowing through the notch in the weir can be related directly to the quantity of water flowing through, which is the quantity I am interested in. The finished job is a true engineering marvel, with a spillway, sandbags, and tie-downs. Working in ice was difficult and there still appeared to be some water flowing around the sides and under the bottom of the weir. It will be interesting to see what shape it is in after a few days. Filling sandbags with sand from the bottom of the stream channel taught me that I should bring some rubber gloves next time, rather than just my polypro liner gloves. Luckily it was an overcast day, and there wasn’t too much water in the stream. I can’t wait to see if this idea works. Even if it didn’t, it sure was fun putting in.

2007_12_31: Weir installation

One Response to “Weird Science”

  1. Mom & Dad says:

    Looks like quite a feat. What exactly is a weir and where did you get the wood and tools to build it? Do you have to remove it before you leave?

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