Originally Posted by Lemmingman
Vlad, when you get a chance, can you explain the tie in with Bob?
I have a deep respect for Bob Axsom. I couldn't say it better then Paul Dye...
Bob made a trip to Russia
The next time you turn on your GPS and see a terrain map....or look at your Synthetic Vision on your fancy EFIS....I want you to think of Bob Axsom. Bob was an important engineer at JPL when they built a radar system called SRTM (Space Radar Topography Mapper). We flew that monster payload on STS-99 and mapped (topographically) all the dirt on the planet between 60 degrees North and 60 degrees south. That data set will serve as the basis for ALL topographic mapping for the next 100 years.
Bob was instrumental to making that work. A racer? Yup - he did that too - but I will be forever grateful for what he did before he retired.
Bob already knows the way to Heaven - he helped map it.
I never forget his story about care and hospitality. I thought if I ever make it to Russia with my homebuilt it will be in Bob's honor. Dedicated to a man of focus, knowledge and discipline.
... I was looking for a place to land. You can hold it only for so long at some age. Several airstrips marked with a cross on Canadian charts were not useable. I kept searching.
Elevation got higher and I had to crank the heater up. It was in low 40ies.
Here we go. Unmarked, uncharted, desolate. My kind of airstrip. Summit near Mt. Klappan.
Bears already marked the sign.
A pitstop, a quick shot I was here and out. Atlin Lake is my next and final stop for today. Greg Arehart's retreat.
Impressive scenery on the way. Who the heck blew out the top of the mountain in the middle of nowhere? Otryad of B52s couldn't do damage like this.
The closer to Greg's the more impressive geological formations. Professor definitely did his homework before choosing place for the dacha.