OK so today I am so sore from running down mountains chasing sheep that I can barely walk. The biologist got 5 more lambs today so the project is well on its way. If you are wondering what the heck I am talking about visit here.
Today was a pretty long day I started by flying 4 hours for Fish and Game, and then I moved a couple of bear hunters, a gold miner, a resident, and then 3 loads of freight to the glacier. This photo shows only half the team that is currently headed out on a month long expedition. I hauled more than 400 pounds of equipment and supplies onto this gravel pad for 15 climbers. These are some tough guys and gals and they have a real challenge awaiting them as they lug their gear to the top of the Chugach range, and then all the way back out to the road system. I will see them twice more during the month long expedition.
You can see my tracks on the gravel. This strip is about 290 feet long unless you dive right and take your chances with the boulders. I now those rocks don’t look like much, but when you are loaded up with freight, and braking hard, it’s not all that fun to hit watermelon sized rocks. Even if it was fun, it’s doggone hard on equipment. I consider this a high-stakes landing simply because of the aircraft-carrier characteristics. The approach end is as vertical as the side viewed above. You can’t land short and you really don’t want to go long.