A bring-to-work list like this one is the sign of a good day to come, indeed. I've been trying to pull field equipment from various stream monitoring sites. I'm paying the wages of sin though - the debt of the procrastinator... now chipping this stuff out of frozen sand and ice instead of simply loosing it from beatiful dark bank-soils and wet oozing sand.
This site was greatly affected by the August flood. So much material was moved down the channel, that all of our equipment was completely buried under 1-2 feet of sediment of varying particle sizes - ranging from fine sand up to large cobble. The pick axe was surely in play here... as were various shovels. Cold is one thing... but being wet while working in extreme cold is another. Ironically, the saving grace here is the work itself - keeps one warm. Constant swinging, digging, etc.
This site gave me fits - here is a diagram I drew in the field to document the failure to extract the sensor. Since that day, I returned with help and we were able to retrieve the most critical pieces of equipment... bud we did have to leave an important cable stuck fast in the streambed.
More of this coming this week... tough, but highly enjoyable. The data make it all worth it.