Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Best Delivery Service in Alaska

N32MH flying over the North Slope of Alaska on an urgent mission to deliver much needed supplies to a hard working field tech.

A hard working field tech happy to receive her much needed supplies. York Peppermint Patties and crumb cake. Yum yum.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Beautiful Day on the Arctic Coast

Another beautiful day working on the North Slope along the Arctic coast.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Helmricks, on the Coleville river, Alaska

Today Keelan "flying N363AL" and I went to Helmricks to pick up crews and gear. Helmricks is located at the mouth of the Coleville river where it dumps in to the Arctic Ocean.

N363AL and N31MH waiting to be loaded for the trip out of Helmricks.

Unloading gear to be loaded in to N31MH.

Just Cruz'n Through Camp

This guy has been hanging our around camp for a week or so. Sometimes he starts to walk right up to us then when he's about 20 feet away he stops, looks at us, then turns and slowly walks off.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Best Burger Joint on the North Slope is the Only Burger Joint on the North Slope.

The best burger joint on the North Slope is in Wainwright, on the western coast of the north slope.

Shane buying the best burger on the north slope.

The burgers actually are pretty good, and they Do have lots of fresh fruit too.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Old News...

You may recall that back in July I did a rescue of an injured climber on El Diente Peak in Colorado.

Well a week later I got a call for another rescue. A woman was hit by rock fall and broke her arm at 13,700 on Mt Wilson, just one ridge over from where I did the previous rescue one week before.

The cool thing about this rescue was, as I found out later, there were two different people in the area who were taking video of it from different locations. Those videos were posted on youtube and I have links to them here.


Just Hanging Out Around Camp

A couple of nights ago this guy decided to come near camp and just... camp. He layed here for several hours just watching us go from tent to tent.

Responsible for the Alaska Pipeline...

This well head is one of the very first wells in Alaska and is what enabled the discovery of oil, which resulted in the Alaska Pipeline. This well head is located just a couple miles north of Umiat Alaska.

Climate Monitoring in ANWR

In the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with the USGS. This is a beautiful area with Moose, Grizzly, Polar bear, Muskox, Wolves, Wolverines and Caribou. Everyday we get to see something. This is the reason I love Alaska.

Here Shane and Frank prepare to check the Climate Monitoring system.

This is what a climate monitoring system looks like. They (USGS) have several of these devices spread all over the North Slope, from the Brooks Range going north to the Arctic Ocean, and from the Bearing Sea on the west coast going east to the Canadian border.

Back to... Alaska

Well I think I'm finally starting to get tired of this back and forth from Alaska to Colorado to Alaska to Colorado to Alaska to... well you get the point.

So I thought I was going to be spending this summer in Colorado but it turns out I had to come back up to Alaska to replace our pilot on the BLM contract. It's all good though because I really do like Alaska and it's great to get to see and spend time with the old crew. They're all a bunch of good people.

I'm in the Aurora Hotel in Prudoe Bay (Deadhorse) which is why I have internet and I'm able to upload some pictures. So here's a few various shots of my adventures from the last couple of weeks.

This is my cockpit. Sexy huh?

Just a cool picture.

Shane and Justin on the Coleville river, just below Sentinel Hill.

I think Shane is thinking "I'm Too Sexy for my Helicopter"...