Camp Dispatch, Nov 28, 2020

Camp Set.  An International Snowman Study Workcamp (ISSW) has been established in a small village near the Canadian border in the Northwest. A team of three researchers led by Dr. Lucy Sluff have been busy placing trail cams, a weather station, a communications tower and checking ski gear for field work. Dr. Francis Facette has been busy in the field scanning the forest floor and trees for snowmen clues and camera locations. Field Assistant Billy “AK” Blockman(EMT/AAA) from Alaska has joined the small team to assist with weather observation, forecasting and avalanche safety.

“We have not received any new reports of snowmen and it appears they may have retreated to the glaciers of Canada. We expect they may return to our research area once we get more snow,” Dr. Sluff stated last night. She is very pleased with how smooth things have gone despite such a short notice by ISSW.

Snowflake, the world’s first snowman search dog, continues to recover from the long flight from Chamonix and has been regaining energy every day. “He is getting a bit too hyper!” Facette said in a text message.  

Meanwhile Blockman, like each member, has this own cabin and has been busy setting up a ski gear room in a shed. “Waxing is important because snowmen have perfect hearing and can hear skis sliding on snow. It’s very challenging.” Their camp is located in deep mountains, and once it snows the team will be isolated for months. Another cabin has been set up as a command post and First Aid Center. The camp will be a powered by a portable hydro generator in a small stream running through the camp. Light snow is in the forecast for the next week.