The passenger in the back seat took this photo on final approach. I am landing just to the left of the peak on the far right. This landing is interesting because I am descending rather hard over that little ridge and then the glacier is climbing fast. Plus, I do not have a lot of room on top of that glacier to get stopped. I have to drag over those cliffs pretty low, then descend hard for about 3 seconds, followed by an immediate application of full power to start a climb up the glacier before touch down. I can barely taxi up-hill under full power because it is so steep. (I talked about this sort of scenario on Jan 5th) I cannot attempt this landing without excellent light on the snow because there are too many factors at play, and it is a totally one-way strip.
That may sound rather insane, but I assure you it is not. I AM NOT just flying around looking for crazy places to land for an adrenaline rush … this was just another day at work. If I bend my Super Cub it’s my livelihood and I am out of work, so I am super cautious. I landed on top of this mountain empty before I ever took a passenger in here. The wind conditions have to be perfect and I make several circles to ensure that everything is stable. I have nothing to prove, I am just a dude doing my job, and this is where we needed to land. I hope you like the picture.