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Rocks for Wyatt

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Description: A great number of bad weather days have restricted us to camp because it is too dangerous to clamber up the bluff to the quarry. With little to do at camp, I often explore the gravel lined beaches of the Colville River searching for interesting rocks for my two-year old son Wyatt. These are examples of the many colors of rocks found along the river.

Chris Stops Slip with Mattock

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Description: Chris Strganac uses a mattock to stop his descent down the bluff into the Colville River. Most of the trail has slumped into the river and the portion that remains is extremely muddy and slippery.

Preparing to Leave Umiat

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Description: Despite poor weather, the pilots of Wrights Air Service managed to arrive in Umiat on time. All expedition gear and samples are loaded onto Cessna Caravans for the flight back to Fairbanks.

Slinging the Skull from the Bluff

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Description: A moment of relief overcomes all team members as the skull makes it way to Umiat. The helicopter pilot estimated the skull jacket weighs 800 pounds.

Dino Group with Skull Jacket

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Description: A few of the Dino Group pose with the huge jacket containing the prized skull. It took a tremendous effort to get the skull liberated from the quarry. The only step remaining is successfully slinging it to Umiat.

Team Member Boarding Helicopter

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Description: One team member had to be extracted from the field due to a potential eye injury. The Search and Rescue team reports that it can rescue anyone on the North Slope within 90 minutes. Everyone was happy to learn that the extracted team member was doing well back in Fairbanks.

Search and Rescue Team Logo

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Description: This is the logo on the helicopter for the Search and Rescue team from Barrow.

Colville River from Helicopter

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Description: The Colville River is below my feet as Chris and I are lifted back to camp after struggling to get the skull in the sling net atop the quarry.

Cesna 206

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Description: A Cesna 206 was used to extract all team members from the field back to Umiat. The large wheels on the plane allowed it to land on gravel bars near our campsite. Unfortunately, it could not land closer to our campsite. As a result, we had to drag ALL gear a few hundred yards, through a tangle of willows, so the plane could be loaded with gear. Each flight carried gear and one person.

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