Sunday, June 29, 2008

finished the road work...

yeasterday and today we were working on the road and the river. one was in the bulldozer and the other one in the hydrema. during the last 4 days we have been changing vehicle every day.
yeasterday it was nice and sunny. we got most of the road fillings done, but got a minor problem.
the bulldozer ran out of fuel, and the tank is 507 litres! UMG. so we had to go to the station and get 2 barrels of fuel and some new batteries. then we had to figure out how to air the engine so that it would start. as if not one problem was enough the starter wasn't eager to start. after a few hours we solved the problem and got the CAT up and running.

today it was raining. we strengthened the dam and moved some more gravel up along the road and collected trash and old barrels in the delta. it had been flushed out in the open by the flooding river.
today we finished the reconstruction of the road. what we need to do in the near future is to rake the road and pack it, then we might have to use the grader on it so smoothen out the surface...

Friday, June 27, 2008

brum brum, my CAT and I


it was still raining this morning.

we started out after breakfast by giving the dogs a Rabisin shot against rabies and some pills against worms.

then we headed out to the river and the bulldozer. after pre-heating with a flame tourch I started moving sand, gravel and rocks into the hole in the road. hansi was in the hydrema putting the drainage pipes in the ground. at hrs 1700 we finished for the day. i was a bit wet after sitting in the dozer for a whole day. we got most of the job done. so now the road is connected to Nyhavn, though it lacks a bit of "cosmetics"...

that will be tomorrow...

Thursday, June 26, 2008

today was the day...


today was the day it started raining heavily...
today was the day we would try to start the bulldozer...
today was the day that we hoped to tame the river...
TODAY was the day everything went as planned!JIPPI
we were allowed to start one of the bulldozer to stop the river from destrouying even more of our road. it was such a relief when the huge engine roared. it's crazy to think that the bulldozer is from 1952 and still going strong...
i drove the dozer into the riverbed and showed Hansi how to use it then he went crazy in the river and carved out a huge ditch where the water could flow and dugg up some big walls to prevent the water from overflowing. this meant that there isn't that much water in the river anymore, thus making our life a lot easier...
after blocking the water we went down to the section of the road that was missing. i got stuck in the sand twice with the hydrema. then i just settled for smoothening the bottom of the road, so that we can lay down the drainage pipes tomorrow. Hansi dug out a huge section of ice and snow, so that the water can run alongside the road instead of cutting it into peaces...
tomorrow we will have to fill up the holes, but it will take some days...
it put out some more pictures on the picture page!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

chnage of office?

who would change office with me??? this is from Nyhavn, the ice has dissappeared for a couple of hundred metres.
the narrower the dam getts the faster the water flows and erodes more...this is why it's so difficult to tame nature...
the first tourists arrived this season, but the left for the other side of the fjord after an hour...
finally we closed it, but it didn't last...buhu
this is the minor damage of the road! it looks like this 4-5 places. the worst places 30-40 metres of the road has been completelly removed.
yeasterday i made it to Nyhavn, crossing 3 missing parts of the road and only got stuck twice...

trouble doesn't come alone...

yeasterday was such a crappy day. first the stock market had a huge drop, making me loose money...
then we tried to stop the river from destrouying even more of our road. this went on fine and we directed the river out towards Kongeborgen. we were very happy. 3 hours later the river had cut through our dams and a long days work was flushed out to sea. the hydremas aren't big enough for that type of work.

i saw my first Hummle /Bee, and two of them...

today the weather has been quite warm and sunny.
the first mosquito bit be today, i had hoped to avoid them this year, but i guess with all the snow, eveything is like a swamp which is ideal for the little buggers...grrr

tomorrow we will try to start one of the bulldozers and see if we can repaire the dams and the road...

Monday, June 23, 2008

it's so warm here...




Today we had the warmest day of the year, +15,1 degrees. well it was probably in the sun...anyway it's nice and warm.


this also meant that more snow was melting, thus increasing the amount of water in the river, thus more erosion of the road...arggg




we finished packing the runway and the apron, cleared the road from snow to Dumpen and washed one of the hydremas and did some service on it.




then we went for a spin with the wheeled sledge with the dogs.




Thursday, June 19, 2008

the drainage pipe, consists of 13 fuel drums welded together
the hydrema and the packer

desert storm...

this morning I started raking the runway and the roads. i was dragging a big iron net after the hydrema, thus to loosen up the gravel and to even out the bumps from this winter.
this created a lot of dust, which came in everywhere. after a few hours i felt like i had eaten severeal litres of sand and i had to use preassure air got clean my self up.

then it was time to use the packer, it's also dragged by the hydrema. it has it's own engine and vibrates the ground with a preassure of 5 tons. the speed limit is 5 km an hour, so it will be some more days untill everything has been packed...

we also broght the second pipe for the road out to the smashed road.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008



digging in the river...






today the water in the river, tried to destroy more of our road. thus we had to bring our 2 Hydrema into the river and try to put up a wall in the water. it wasn´t that easy as a bulldozer would have done the job much better.  the wall we put up will protect a small part of the road for now, but we just moved the problem further downstream... arg!!!
after lunch Hansi welded some more fuel drums together, so we can use it for the water to run in under the road.
I dragged a net after the Hydrema to even out the road. then I used a 5 ton packer to flatten out the road.
yeasterday we went to the water lake to get water for the tower. almost 80 cm of the floor is covered by water...but there is nothing we can do about it!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

it never rain in Greenland...

BBQ in the midnight sun
I might have wanted some guests to come, since I had way to much food for the two of us...
My "twin" towers. mirror mirro on the wall...
The road to Nyhavn, cut to peaces by the river. at this place it has been cut 3 placesand further out on 2 other places. work work....


today i will relax, work on my presentation and have a coke....
It's raining a bit, +3 and low clouds!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Stuck in the river with Pisten Bully


Today was a busy day, digging all day long.
we had to remove a lot of slush ice which was blocking the bridge.
then i decided to take pisten bully for a spin on the river. i was removing snow from the other bridge, the one with out water! i thought!
suddenly the nose of pisten got stuck in a mixture of slush and water. i had to get Hansi to help me with the hydrema. we gathered a lot of straps and parked the hydrema on land app. 100 metres from pisten. Hansi tried to pull while i was trying to back up. the only thing that happende was that the straps broke, twice. so now we had to get creative if we wanted the thing out of the river before the water came any closer.
we found some 4x4 wood and a woodden plate and put it behind the pisten. then we backed the belts thereby pulling the wood underneath the pisten. hansi then pulled with the hydrema as i backed up, suddenly we got it moving and got out of the river. we cheared alot and went for lunch.
after lunch we dugg some more untill, 1600 when we went for a run with the dogs...
enjoy the new pictures...and don't do this at home!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

river flooding nr.2 and some more

this picture was taken close to nyhavn. the water has flooded the road and cut parts of it away. then we know what to do when all the snow has melted away.
yeasterday i welded some fuel drums together. the will act as the new tunnel for the water under the broken road, hopefully there will not be any problems with that next year...
for some time now, i have been building a mini-sledge. it's 1 metre long and buil in the scale 1:4. this will be nice to have on my fire place when i get old (er) ;0)

two days ago i dug out parts of the road to Nyhavn. when i started water started to seeve into the channel and thus rising, until i got to a place where the water could run out. it was quite deep for a time, but luckily it didn't drown my machine. i tried to do that later myself as i drove it into the river by accident, but i got it out.

today the river flooded down towards the station and reached the first bridge just after breakfast. hansi and i watched for some time and then we had to dig a channel with showels so that the water wouldn't reach the road. this was not enough so we had to dig another one. this looked like it would take the preasure of the bridge.

on our scootertrip later on, we found out that a major flooding had occured behind the station. this had loosened sometime during the night and had poured huge amounts of water into Noret and splashing snow and ice high up on the river banks and clearing the snow covered surface all the way down to the gravel and sand. the river had broken through the dam at Tunnelelv. thus directing around 50% of the water into Noret instead of nothing! but no worries it looks like we will have no problems with that...

i put out some pictures

Friday, June 6, 2008

summer?



I don't think this is winter pictures. this tells me that I'm looking at the end of the winter and the soon to bee summer. this is very nice! i think I will be able to ski for some more weeks.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Video of Tunnelelv floding

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here is the video from the floding in Tunnelelv. I´m not sure if anyone have seen it before???
enjoy the power of nature...

Monday, June 2, 2008

water and snow tsunami or 30 sek from disaster...



this the second part of the disasterous spring flood of the river.just 30 sek earlier I was standing where the brown water is, with my snow scooter. i got a bad feeling and drove up on the hill and then this huge wall of water, snow and ice came tumbling down the canyon like a tsunami. i could never have escaped this...

i put some more pictures of my tsunami on the picture page. i will try to put some video on u-tube one of the days.

this was pretty crazy and exiting!

sleep thight

Sunday, June 1, 2008

global warming and more




on the 29th our neighbours, Hans, Per and Phillipe left us. the were going back to mainstream life in the city... it has been a good time with a lot of fun together with them.


the 29th was also the day when the runway started to melt. the twin otter landed with a splash in the 5-10 cm of snow and slush, but no problems. since then we have seen differences on the snow covere every day. today the runway is 95% clear of snow, but there is still more than 1 meter of snow in the terrain.




the river has started to move slowly, so it is just a matter of time before we see it down at the station. i guess that in 2-3 weeks most of the snow will be gone!




on the 30th of may i had my 34th birthday. it was also my 4th birthday in greenland. next year will be in an other country!


hansi made us some good food and a delicious desert.


on the 31th of may hansi had his 31th birthday and it was my turn to be the chef:0)




the dogs has gotten so much seal meat and fat that they are completely soaked in it and very very dirty. i dare not show them if someone would come by. hehe




have a nice and warm summer. we had +9,2 degrees today.




i put out some more pictures