We are to extract several ice cores, not miles deep but just to last summer’s record melt layer. That water is now refrozen and buried by several feet of snow. I keep thinking of the ice cores as ice candle sticks with an extinguished wick symbolizing the fire layer. These candlesticks are to be kept frozen in a sleeping bag inside a duffel bag (weight is a premium!) until we reach freezers on the coast. The ice will make its way eventually to labs in Copenhagen, Denmark and Pasadena, California.