Frigidd had returned to the Great Alaskan Ice Sheet, where, in 1984, he had abandoned the hoagie when a severe storm suddenly hit and he was forced to return to base without eating lunch.
“It was still fresh, and I finished my lunch after 30 years. They don’t make hoagies like that anymore,” said Frigidd.
As climate change warms the planet and glaciers recede, scientists all over the world are finding items they lost decades ago in the ice. Vanishing pack ice is revealing a treasure trove of lost property.
“I dropped my car keys in a crevasse 25 years ago when I was doing research on the Great Ridgeway Glacier in Greenland, said Dr. Carl White-Stuff , a glaciologist at the US Institute for Sitting and Watching Ice.
He returned to the same spot last month to find that much of the glacier had melted away, and there were his keys half-buried in the sodden earth.
Cameras, spectacles, a wooden leg, soccer balls, two pairs of gold-plated nose hair clippers, a glass eye, and a year’s supply of condoms issued to a team of climatologists at the North Pole some 20 years ago, are among the items that scientists have retrieved from melting glaciers over the last year.
As more items are exposed by the disappearing ice, scientists are rushing back to remote research sites they vacated decades ago.
“In 1973 I lost my wallet with two tickets to a Rolling Stones concert,” said Dr. Hildegard Flake, a climatologist at the Center for Sub-Zero Living, Oslo, ID. The wallet fell into a crack in the Andean Glacier, South America.
“I’m going back next year because the glacier is receding fast, and those Stones tickets are worth a small fortune,” said an excited Flake.