Don’t Take Technology for Granted

2012-10-25 17:35:24.000 – Stephen Lanciani,  Summit Intern

Finally, we have power again! State Park has been replacing a major electrical sub-system, which required them to place necessities (weather instruments and the like) on temporary power and cut the juice to the rest of the Sherman Adams Building. For almost 48 hours we have been living with no heat, no light, and only non-perishable food. Thankfully, winds have been nearly calm, conditions have remained dry, and temperatures have risen above normal, allowing to the building to retain at least some heat. It should be noted however that the bunk rooms still dropped into the 40s, and many blankets were necessary! Dishes have been piling up and the shower has remained vacant as a result of no hot water, and cooking has been done on a griddle upstairs with no use of microwaves, toasters, ovens, etc. Dinner was consumed under overhead string utility lights, and a headlamp was a must when using the facilities. In reality though, this all wasn’t too weird, because it actually reminded me of backpacking and sleeping in huts or shelters. The fact that we spent a couple days in the some of the same conditions as the early observers is what made the experience different and unique. Most importantly though, I gained an extreme appreciation for power and technology! I am very thankful for all the hard work that has been done up here over the years, allowing us to have heat, water, electricity, and all the comforts of home. With all of today’s improvements in technology, it’s sometimes hard to remember that I’m living on top of a mountain…well…almost. Looking out a window usually reminds me.


Stephen Lanciani,  Summit Intern

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