The Schedule of the JIRP Expedition

 

Are you curious about what's going to happen this summer? We wish we could give you a day-by-day breakdown of the plan, but unfortunately field work scheduling is subject to constant change because of weather, glacier conditions, and equipment. Instead, here's both a big picture and a detailed picture of more or less how we expect the season to go.

 

The Big Picture

At JIRP we talk about the schedule in two ways: weekly and daily. On a weekly scale, we see the shape of the summer a bit more. Here is a rough idea of the expedition goals for each week:

 

Week 1: "Juneau Week". Orientation in Juneau, introductory lectures, hike up to Camp 17.

Week 2: "Safety Week". Orientation to camp living, learning to ski, learning crevasse rescue systems, learning to live, travel, and work on the Icefield.

Week 3: Field work at Camp 17, transition to Camp 10. Develop student research project proposals.

Week 4: Field work out of Camp 10.

Week 5: Field work out of Camp 10, transition to Camp 18.

Week 6: Field work out of Camp 18. Start preliminary data analysis for student research projects, outline presentations for Atlin and Juneau.

Week 7: Field work out of Camp 18, transition towards Camp 26. Continue work on project presentations for Atlin and Juneau.

Week 8: Limited field work out of Camp 26, transition to Atlin and then back to Juneau. Student research project presentations.

 

 A group of students takes a few minutes to look over the scheduling whiteboards at Camp 17. The many moving pieces at JIRP require constant attention to communication, organization, and planning. Thankfully our expert staff and faculty pull it off every summer. PC: Daniel Otto.

A group of students takes a few minutes to look over the scheduling whiteboards at Camp 17. The many moving pieces at JIRP require constant attention to communication, organization, and planning. Thankfully our expert staff and faculty pull it off every summer. PC: Daniel Otto.

 

 

There is tremendous variation for individuals within this schedule. Weather and glacier conditions play a huge part in what we get done, we have not yet finalized specific research goals for the summer, and each student research project group works on a slightly different schedule based on their field work requirements. Additionally, once we move to Camp 10 the entire expedition is rarely all in the same place- small groups are usually camping out on the glacier or working out of small remote camps. This is, however, the "Big Picture". Every week or two in camp the Academic Lead will go over a more specific Big Picture with everyone in the field.

 

The Plan of the Day

On a daily scale the Plan of the Day governs how everything fits together hour-to-hour. Every morning, while everyone is finishing their breakfast, the Camp Manager will go over the Plan of the Day during Morning Announcements. Here is an example of a Plan of the Day while field work is in full swing.

Note: JIRP works on 24 hr. time to avoid miscommunication - everything is the same from midnight to noon, then the hours are numbered upward from there, so 1:00 pm becomes 1300, 5:30 pm becomes 1730, 11:45 pm becomes 2345, 12:00 am/midnight becomes 0000.

 

A day in camp:

 

0730   Wake Up 

0800   Breakfast

0845   Morning Announcements

0900   Work Detail: Everyone helps with camp maintenance chores.

1030   Academic Exercises: Work with faculty in camp

1130   Rotating Seminars: Small groups move through faculty seminars

1300   Lunch

1430   Field trip: hike above camp, discuss geomorphologic features.

1730   Return to camp

1800   Dinner

1900   Free time

2000   Lecture 

2100   Meet with Project Groups

2200   Free time

2300   Lights Out

A day on the glacier:

 

0730   Wake Up

0800   Breakfast

0845   Morning Announcements

0900   Work Detail: Everyone helps with camp maintenance chores.

1030   Ski to field site

1130   Begin field work 

1300   Lunch in the field

1800   Finish field work, ski back to camp

1730   Return to camp

1800   Dinner

1900   Free time

2000   Lecture 

2100   Meet with Project Groups

2200   Free time

2300   Lights Out

 

 

All in all, there are a lot of moving pieces in the JIRP expedition. We go to great lengths to keep everyone on the same page! The staff will explain how all of this works during orientation week in Juneau, but in the mean time feel free to reach out if you have any questions.