Going to Extremes for Science

Oct 1, 2012

Ben Linhoff hauled 800 pounds of gear in ten 2-mile trips from his field camp to a river crossing at the end of the nearest road.
Credit Courtesy of Ben Linhoff

I've read my fair share of science books and field blogs and talked to more than a few scientists. In most cases, I hear their stories and think "Cool! I want to do that!" In a few other cases, I think "That's hardcore, but I could probably handle it." As I read Ben Linhoff's Following the Ice blog this summer (and re-read it last night), all I could think is "That guy is crazy. I never want to camp next to a glacier in Greenland for three months." I'll moderate that a bit now that I've met Ben. He isn't crazy. But I still never want to camp next to a glacier in Greenland for 3 straight months. I'm certainly glad Ben is willing to, though, because his research is important.

You can find all of Ben's Following the Ice posts on the Scientific American Expeditions blog:

Following the Ice: Greenland
Following the Ice: In the Beginning
Following the Ice: Glacial Dam
Ice Day: Like a Nice Day, but Not
Following the Ice: Is This Global Warming?
Following the Ice: Is This Global Warming? (Continued)
Following the Ice: Camp Life—Not for the Faint of Heart