As climbing season approaches, it means a logistical challenge for everyone involved, including the National Park Service. Mountaineering Rangers see to the safety of climbers throughout the season as well as ensuring that regulations are followed. In order to do that, they need semi-permanent camps with supplies and shelter. Many times, they are assisted by the Alaska Air National Guard, but this year is a bit different, as Ranger Joe Reichert explains.
“Because the military has been deployed, the big two-rotor aircraft you’ve seen over the past few years, the Chinooks, that typically help us out, weren’t able to this year, so we’ve been flying our loads in with this helicopter, the A-Star B3.” (more…)