PA 12

It’s been outrageously sunny for a little over a week.  Making the lack of skiing I’ve done all the more shameful.  I’m still feeling guilty for bailing on Graham Tuesday.  Anyway, it’s slowly looking more and more like the off season.  Max took advantage of the sunny weather with some flying last night.  Some pleasant off season activities.

Max rigged up his GoPro for his flight to Valdez last week, creating the video posted above.  Where as in the past I’d made the flight timelapse videos by just increasing the playback speed, this I actually stitched together from a sequence of Jpegs, a technique I’m still experimenting with, but one that seems to work just fine.  I’m still working on a way to better adjust the colors on the pictures, let me know what you think. 

Max and Nate flew across the sound to Valdez for the weekend and while there caught some of the action at the Valdez Fly-In.  The video above is from the STOL competition.  The gray plane near the begging that nearly topples over forwards, and the Black Super Cub with the Bi-Plane mod from Nabesna are my personal favorites. (Part 2 is Here)   On this side of the range their was fantastic corn skiing to be had but I have been to lazy to go through the video so I have nothing to show from it other then some nasty sunburn that’s left my face looking like a tomato.   Elsewhere be sure to check out Andreas Fransson’s two crazy days in Chamonix for some fantastic pictures of a north face of Aiguille du Plan descent.  And Fuck Yea Grand Rapids has posted some pictures of the Saw Kaw card tables, in their previous home, which I’ll re post bellow.

Max brought his GoPro along on a flight to Chelatna last weekend.  I’ve sped up some of the highlights, with a little music from long time friend of the site Raldawg in the above posted video .  Also, if you are interested in watching some real time take offs and landings with natural sound, I’ve got that for you right here.  In other news a local high school teacher died in an avalanche on Bird Ridge Monday night and if you happened to lose a pair of K2s off your boat in Whittier, some divers have found them.  I know, a little random, but that’s all I’ve got at this point.

Max put together a short time lapse of his flight from Chelatna to Anchorage Sunday evening.  Very brief, with some ominous looking clouds, and semi-aggressive turbulence that shows up in the video as strange jumps.

The sunshine and heat has continued for another week, which allowed for some flying with Max the last couple days.  Friday night Max flew Jeffe and I around Turnagain Arm for a while and sunday afternoon Max and I flew out to the big Su to check out a potential fishing hole we’d spotted last summer.  Max was able to put the plane (which is still on wheels) down on a couple of small islands, eventually finding a spot where we could land the plane, step out the door and fish from the bank, directly above the hole we had hoped to find.  The kings still haven’t arrived though, so no fishing took place.  Anyway, I’ve got some video of one of the many landings, it’s nothing special, we’re still trying to figure out how to capture some of the flying Max does on camera.

Our plan for the coming weekend is to the penninsula and hopefully catch some kings on either the Anchor or Kasilor rivers.  Were expecting this month of beautiful weatherto break this weekend, just in time, camping on the beach in the rain should be interesting.  Hopefully we’ll return with some pictures of large fish, until then enjoy this picture of the current snow level in the pass.


Max flew up to Crosswinds last weekend and managed to put his plane down on the ice, and snapped a couple of pictures, which was especially nice, as it’s been over 70 degrees and I’ve done very little. It seems that summer is here for good, so get used to this style of update and hopefully some pictures of large fish.