Friday, August 5, 2011

Eldridge Glacier Update

Yesterday started out as a hopeful day to pick up Forrest and Noah's 12-day Mountaineering course. Talkeetna Air Taxi launched in the morning and the afternoon, but couldn't quite make it to the Eldridge due to cloud cover. There were clouds obscuring  the runway and not enough air flow to move them. Piloting a  small single engine aircraft, in this case a single turbine Otter, the pilot has to be able to see the ground at all times. Forrest checked in numerous times giving us updates on the weather. Visibility was in and out all day. Over the past 3 days it has snowed 4 feet. One of the activities they get to do is keeping the runway packed and marked with sleds. Forrest said that everyone was doing well and they have plenty of food and fuel. It's looking like today is not flyable, but a break is expected tomorrow.
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Here is a photo of unflyable weather where  the pilots got stuck too. The weather always changes and it's soon to change for the better.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update!

RobertandSarah said...

I am glad they are all doing well. What a great experience...

Anonymous said...

What a great experience!