Field Notes: The Polar Field Services Newsletter

Greenland Inland Traverse (GRIT) Update

A five-person Greenland Inland Traverse (GRIT) team completed an exploratory mission late in March to test new tracks on the main traverse vehicle and a new towing configuration. With temperatures hovering around minus 25F, they set out to improve the traverse’s mobility.

 Last year’s inaugural GRIT experienced delays because the machines sank deep into the snow and had trouble towing the cargo.The traverse vehicle battles soft snow for mobility.

If the team can identify better towing configurations and the best equipment for Greenland overland travel, the GRIT could become an annual event. Delivering supplies by land instead of air could reduce the cost and emissions associated with supplying Summit Station.