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Old 04-15-2018, 12:09 PM
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Default Denali 4-14-2018

Denali (/dɪˈnɑːli/) is the tallest land-based mountain on Earth—with a vertical rise of about 18,000 feet (5,500 m), as well as the highest mountain peak in North America—with a summit of 20,310 feet (6,190 m) above MSL. With a topographic prominence of 20,156 feet (6,144 m) and a topographic isolation of 4,629 miles (7,450 km), Denali is the third most prominent and third most isolated peak, after Mount Everest and Aconcagua. Located in the Alaska Range in the interior of the of Alaska, Denali is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve.

Yesterday’s flight (4-14-2018) was a 385.2 mile flight to Denali. Lasting 2.9 hours.


Maximum altitude for the flight was 17,500 feet MSL. Passing through 8,500 feet I turned my oxygen tank valve on. Since this flight was above 15,000’ had to use an oxygen mask instead of cannula.

The temp was a balmy 48.2 deg F on the ground when I left. Near Denali it was –14.8 deg F. My RV-6 does not have a cabin heater. I froze! To make matters worse-removed the electric heated seat covers last weekend.

Running shoes did not keep my feet warm. In the RV’s cargo, part of my survival gear, there was a really nice pair of military style mukluks-Really Warm Mukluks, did I mention they are lined with incredibly warm felt liners?

I did place a polar fleece pull-over around my legs, a jacket was available, but like an idiot, was not wearing it, so draped it over me as best as possible. I did have my winter flying gloves for my hands. Geez-you’d think I knew better than take-off wearing running shoes and a t-shirt…..

It was warm under the canopy with the sun streaming through-have a slight sunburn on the top of my bald head to prove it!

I will be installing wing root aileron boots this summer!!!! Talk about breezy.

When I started taking pictures near the peak, lost over 1500’ before I was able to get it leveled off. Close-up it was a very beautiful sight to see. Taking photos and gawking-who wants to pay attention to the Altitude?

Oh, that’s right – lots of pointy mountains below….

Had at my disposal two cameras and a video camcorder. My main Nikon has a 18-270mm “super-zoom” lens. Did not bring my spare battery-you guessed it, in the cold the battery died quick when trying to use the auto-zoom with the Vibration Reduction turned on.

Second camera is my little pocket sized Nikon. Most of the following photos were taken with it. A total of 326-photos were snapped. It is very hard to decide which to use for this thread. Have the first nine figured out for the first post, other posting will show up as I figure which to use. There will be a lot to see!

Movies will be awhile before they are uploaded-just don’t have the internet connection to do so.

Time to show some photos:

Flying past Anchorage. This photo shows Cook Inlet beneath, Turnagin Arm to the South of Anchorage, and my oxygen hose. Approx. at 6500' MSL.


Destination:


One last look at Anchorage-Turnagin Arm to the South, most commercial flights from Seattle descend down this arm to land in Anchorage. The water that snakes around to the North of Anchorage is called Knik Arm, it is considered the Northern most point of the Pacific ocean.


Here are the Tordrillo Mountains, Mt Spur volcano at the South end. Did a photo trip/thread of these mountains earlier here at VansAirForce:


These clouds (base) are at 8500', notice they are well below my 12,000 and still climbing level?:


Taking a break during my climb-level at 16,500' MSL destination in the distance:


Getting closer, notice how soft and fluffy the clouds look?


What the clouds are hiding, rough terrain, this is the Kahiltna Glacier, longest one of Denali, you can see part of this in the previous photo-notice the small mountain to the left of the ice river-you can see it in this photo as well:


More to follow.

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Old 04-15-2018, 01:36 PM
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Default Denali Part 2

10 Between cloud layers. Kahiltna Glacier again, with Mt Foraker in the distance. This is looking West at the Alaska Range.


11 Driving to Fairbanks from Anchorage, the Parks Highway is one way to drive if you don’t use the Richardson Hwy. The Parks Hwy is directly below the wing-you can see a section of it. To the right you can see another dark valley, this is the Denali Hwy.


The Denali Hwy is 135-mile long gravel road. It ties the Richardson Hwy to the Parks. Goes from Paxton, AK to Cantwell, AK. Years past my daughter and I used to camp along it. We always travelled it with our mountain bikes on a car rack. Great bike rides happened at different locations! Lots of wildlife viewing and in early August the best blue berries you’ve ever eaten!


12 Alaska Range looking to the East of Denali (Denali is far left ridge in photo).


13-14-15 These next 3-photos are a series. Heading slightly Northeast, these are taken looking back to the North and ending up to the West. East side of Denali, MT Foraker to the west.






16 Now a slight turn to the North. Denali is much closer now. Plenty of rough terrain below!


17 Steam gauge photo-actually adding more throttle getting ready to climb to 17,500.


18 Between layers, Denali to the right, Mt Foraker to the left. Oh, and soft looking clouds to the left….


19 Another look at some Clouds, Rocks, Snow and Glaciers


More to follow.

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Old 04-15-2018, 01:45 PM
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Awesome! Thanks for posting.
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Old 04-15-2018, 02:37 PM
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Thank you for checking this thread out! More to follow.

20 Turned to the North East. Plan is to head East a little with a 180 deg turn back to the West and fly the South face of Denali. At 17’500 MSL, started to hear a couple of the voices in my head. Feet were complaining about being cold. Notice the soft clouds aren’t doing such a great job of hiding the rugged terrafirma?


21 Turning to the North, getting ready to head West.


22 Heading North, a look at the East side of Denali and just in front of wing is the Ruth Glacier.


23 thru 29 Ruth Glacier with Denali and Mt Foraker providing the backdrop. Just a few photos showing different angles while heading North.














The voices are starting to get louder….

To share what is being said, “Hey idiot, its cold down here”. The left foot is now talking to the right, “You got any circulation?” The right replies, “Shutup! He's not listening! Its cold over here too.”

More to follow.

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Old 04-15-2018, 03:33 PM
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30 Rivers of Ice. Notice that at peak of Denali you can see some tell-tale rotor clouds blowing my way. Yep, got a little bumpy. Not to serious though. Heading North towards the peak.


31 Looking West. Lots of smooth looking clouds. Aimed straight at Denali now.


32 Heading slightly Northwest. Great view!


33 Looking South, towards warmth and home. Feet picked up on the thought of home.


34 Quick view of the North plenty of low clouds that way.


35 As in the last photo, heading West, right wing is pointing North.


36 Denali and Mt Foraker views


37 My favorite of this trip. Slight zoom added, the Great One! Notice can clearly see the snow blowing my way at the top of the peaks. This photo also leaves no doubt that the South Peak is higher than the North peak. Lost some altitude: down to 16,500 now. Whole trip was worth this view!!


38 Zoom towards the lower part of Denali


39 Zoom of Mt Foraker while looking to the West.


The feet are fairly screaming by this time. Overheard, the left say to the right, “ Wonder if he knows what frostbite is?”, the right answered, “Don’t worry, Frostnip happens first!”.

Thanks for checking the thread out to this point. More to follow.

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Old 04-15-2018, 03:33 PM
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Nice photos.
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Old 04-15-2018, 03:41 PM
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Nice photos.
Comment: Aren’t cannulas approved to 18,000’?
Not sure, but having a mask as well as a cannula, decided to use it for this flight. Thinking it is needed at 15,000 ft, just not sure.

Spent some time in an altitude chamber at Ft Rucker. Decided at that time to respect anything to do with altitude!

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Nice photos.
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Yes, that's correct.
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Old 04-15-2018, 04:24 PM
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For this next set of photos, decided to see what it looked like without the zoom! Occasional bump, but few and far between-soft bumps at that. Of course the feet had something to say, it wasn’t good!

40 Lets get closer! Nothing like looking at 12 o’clock at the highest peak on the North American continent. Looks kind’a small from this view at 16,000’ MSL


41 Geez, Mt Foraker doesn’t look so big either!


42 thru 45 How about some more close-ups? East first then looking West through this series:








46 Denali Again!


47-49 Starting to turn towards the South, still taking photos.






This trip is almost ready to head back, batteries are getting low. Those little voices are beginning to multiply, stomach is hungry, bladder is starting to be heard as well.

Engine is running well, however; oil temp has fallen to 110 deg F, cylinder temp is around 300 deg at this time as well. Outside temp is showing -14, canopy is starting to frost up. Just might be time to take some last photos and head home.

A few more photos in the next post!

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Old 04-15-2018, 05:11 PM
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Default Denali Part 6 Final Photos

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50 Denali with plenty of sun.


51 Denali and Mt Foraker


52 Nice view looking North through the saddle between Denali and Mt Foraker-Lots of rocks below


53 Mt Foraker at 12:30


54 Denali South Peak hiding the North Peak


55 Left turn to the South. Time to heed the voices. Mt Foraker


56 One last look at Mt Foraker this trip:


57 Good bye Denali. I’ll be back. Still need to photo the North Side!


The ride home was cold. With such low oil temp, can’t really pull the throttle and dive for lower altitudes and warmer temps. Setup a shallow decent using 2300-rpm.

At 14,500’ MSL found a very favorable tailwind. Indicating 130 mph, GPS showed 178-182 mph. Decided to level off and use the extra speed to get home fast. Oil temp was staying constant at 110 deg F indicated.

Approx. 20-miles North of Cook Inlet, knew it was time to start descending again. Setup a 500 fpm descent, keeping the engine below redline was a must, didn’t want to cool the engine anymore.

At 10,000 ft outside temp was 25 deg F, this was at mid channel of Cook Inlet, just North of Nikiski, AK where I live. Kenai was showing 34-miles to go.

Oil temp was warming up, decided to take the long way back and flew to the East of Kenai, arriving at Mackey Lakes level at 2500’ MSL. Checking winds, found that the landing would be with an 80-degree x-wind at 9kts. Oh Joy!

Just as I was turning final, the tower asked me to take either the D or E Taxiway, as a Cessna Caravan was simulating an emergency landing. Great, now nervous about the x-wind, have to keep it short. Made the D taxiway after what can only be described as an arrival! Note to self, be sure to check the landing gear when refueling.

Topped the tanks before leaving on this flight, got a few photos of a DC4 that hauls fuel to the outlying villages.

After landing, and taxing back to the fuel pump, had to add another 18.5 gallons for this flight. Got to parking just in time to see the DC4 make its return landing.

Here is a photo of the DC4 taken just before take-off and heading North to Denali.


Thanks for checking this thread out!

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