More Setting the Scene: The Weather

In the Field 2014

Other than the beautiful day the helicopter took Tony and the team to the remote camp, the weather so far has not been like the weather the day we arrived or even close to the way it was last year.  Since last Monday, it has been mostly cloudy, raining and chilly and a few times downright cold.  And yes, even some snow. The rain that I am talking about is not the kind of rain storm we get in Dallas with thunder and lightning and rain that starts fast, comes down hard and then passes through, but heavy grey clouds with consistent rain that varies from a light drizzle to a steady downpour and includes some rolling fog.

Perot Museum In the Field – Day 3 update from Tony from Perot Museum on Vimeo.

Tony and Yoshi introduce day 3 and give a shout out to Yuong who is in Korea and was unable to attend this year’s In the Field project. We miss you on this trip Yuong!

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Other than the beautiful day the helicopter took Tony and the team to the remote camp, the weather so far has not been like the weather the day we arrived or even close to the way it was last year.  Since last Monday, it has been mostly cloudy, raining and chilly and a few times…

More Setting the Scene: A Different Experience

In the Field 2014

Beautiful weather – Mt. McKinley in clear sight!

Beautiful weather – Mt. McKinley in clear sight!

The In the Field project this year has been very different from the experience I had last year. What do I mean by that? I will try to explain.

Very naively a few days ago on this very blog, I noted that several people had mentioned to us before we came, that this summer has so far been rainier and cooler than last summer. And to that, I noted, ‘wow, I would not have believed that, since the day we arrived it was bright and sunny and about 70 degrees

Fahrenheit…very much like (although maybe a few degrees cooler) almost the ENTIRE visit last year. I admit that while we were here last year several people told us the 2013 summer was unusually “hot” and “dry”.
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Posted from Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States.

The In the Field project this year has been very different from the experience I had last year. What do I mean by that? I will try to explain. Very naively a few days ago on this very blog, I noted that several people had mentioned to us before we came, that this summer has…

On Location at Remote Camp 2014

In the Field 2014
The Perot museum team flies their flags

The Perot museum team flies their flags

During the flight over, the crew mentioned that the landing with Tony and Paul had been “a little bit hairy”. I guess that shouldn’t be a surprise since, after all, they are flying into the wilderness of Denali Park and attempting to land in the types of terrain that we have been hiking in – uneven, a mixture of grass, tundra, rocks, gravel, shrubs, bushes and small trees – and expecting a beautifully flat, smooth area is likely going to disappoint. But these types of landings are the specialty of a bush pilot, right? The good news is that our landing benefitted from the previously “a little bit hairy” one, because after they touched down the first time they were able to check it out and determine a better, flatter landing spot about 10 yards away.

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Posted from Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States.

The Perot museum team flies their flags

During the flight over, the crew mentioned that the landing with Tony and Paul had been “a little bit hairy”. I guess that shouldn’t be a surprise since, after all, they are flying into the wilderness of Denali Park and attempting to land in the types of terrain that we have been hiking in –…

Helicopter to Remote Camp 2014

In the Field 2014
All the gear ready to go

All the gear ready to go

So Tony, Yoshi and Paul have been delivered to the remote camp. Mother Nature smiled on us and presented us with a beautiful, sunny, wind-free day. Perfect for the flights!

Exactly like last year, the flight prep consisted of the same steps. Denny Capps, the Park geologist with whom Tony has coordinated this year’s entire “In the Field in Denali National Park and Preserve project”, was there to see the team off. Tony conferred with Denny, the helicopter pilot, Shannon Bowman, and the helicopter manager, J Thatcher, to be sure everything was in order and discuss flight plans. J (whose name I misspelled last year as Jay. Sorry J!) was the helicopter manager last year for the extraction flights. If you recall (or reread the post from last year), the day the team was picked up from the remote camp was extremely windy and required some truly expert flying.
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Posted from Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States.

The Perot museum team flies their flags

So Tony, Yoshi and Paul have been delivered to the remote camp. Mother Nature smiled on us and presented us with a beautiful, sunny, wind-free day. Perfect for the flights! Exactly like last year, the flight prep consisted of the same steps. Denny Capps, the Park geologist with whom Tony has coordinated this year’s entire…