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ANOTHER TRIP TO ALASKA
SEPTEMBER, 2010
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There where the mighty mountains bare
their fangs unto the moon:
There where the livid tundras keep their
tryst with the tranquil snows
There where the silences are spawned,
and the light of hell fire flows


Robert W. Service



MT. MCKINLEY SHOWS HER GLORY ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2010

This presentation is the result of a trip by David Whitney and his father, Bill Whitney to Alaska and back from Port Townsend, WA, in a Cessna 170B airplane. They departed on September 5 and returned September 15. Total flight distance was approximately 4,300 nautical miles and 42 flight hours over the 11 days. It is a followup to similar trips made in 2004 and 2007 which were also presented on webpages which can be accessed at Bill's home page at www.toandos.com.


CESSNA 170B N1946C

The single engine four place plane built by Cessna Aircraft in 1954 has a wingspan of 38 feet and a useful load of 900 pounds. It is powered by a Continental C-145 engine rated at about 145 horsepower. The plane is in excellent condition with a recent engine major overhaul and a completely new interior. It cruises at approximately 100 nautical miles per hour (105 statute mph). Fuel consumption is about 7.5 gallons per hour and tankage is 37 gallons of fuel. The plane is equipped with two sets of tires. The larger tires (26 inch) were installed for the Alaska trip to permit landing on soft earth strips.


The following webpages are presented by days of the trip and with further breakdown into the flight landing legs. Overall the trip was routed up the coast to Yakutat with intent to explore the status of property they own at Icy bay near Mt. St. Elias. Afterward they continued up the coast to Prince William Sound and then inland to Talkeetna and through Rainy Pass Farewell Lake. The return route was first back to Palmer and then directed inland to visit Dawson City and then return to the coast near Prince Rupert via the Cassiar Highway. This provided the option of diverting inland if coastal weather was not friendly at the time of their return.


On the following pages are digital photos taken during the trip. Most of them were taken from inside the plane and the fidelity is effected by the windshield which presents some reflective streaks. Also, the images have been reduced in size and memory to provide for reduced downloading time. In spite of the reduced photo memory size, download may take a while. The original photos have been reduced to 900 pixel width size and further reduced for page display to 450 pixel width.

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TRIP LOG AND PHOTOS
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DAYS 1 & 2
PORT TOWNSEND TO SHEARWATER BC
September 5 & 6, 2010

For the first day, the route began from Port Townsend northerly across the Strait of Jan De Fuca and then north to Port Hardy at the northern end of Vancouver Island for a fuel stop and to clear Candadian Customs. Prior arrangements had been made for flight plan and border crossing radio identification. Routing from Port Townsend after crossing the Strait of Juan De Fuca was to proceed up the center of vancouver Island to Port Hardy. Intent was to try and reach Ketchikan the first day. However fog and multiple cloud layers were encountered beyond Vancouver Island which forced a turn around near Klemtu just north of the Seaforth Channel. Rather than land at Bella Bella, a landing was made at the Denny Island airstrip near Shearwater which is just east of Bella Bella and has a resortlike marine faciity.

However, after landing it was found that there was no phone or phone number at the strip for the Shearwater resort and the strip is about 2 miles from the Shearwater developed area. Fortunately, Bill heard a car on a nearby road and was able to flag down two young ladies and their children who had been on a nearby wilderness hike. They arranged for the resort to send transportation to the airstrip. Shearwater has a sportsman hotel and a restaurant with bar, a store , marine repair installation and other facilities.

The weather did not clear the next day and Bill and Dave ended up staying at Shearwater two nights before being able to proceed north..

The distance flown during the first day was approximately 238 nautical miles to Port Hardy , and 125 miles to the turnaround near Klemtu and back to Shearwater for a toal of 363 nautical miles in about 4 hours flying time during the day.

FUELING AT PORT TOWNSEND
DAVID AND HIS DAUGHTER JESSIE
AIRPORT RESTAURANT AT PORT TOWNSEND
THE SPRUCE GOOSE CAFE
ROUTE PORT TOWNSEND TO PORT ALBERNI OR MID VANCOUVER ISLAND
ROUTE MID VANCOUVER ISLAND TO PORT HARDY
Victoria
Victoria
INTERIOR VANCOUVER ISLAND
NEAR PORT ALBERNI
INTERIOR VANCOUVER ISLAND
NEAR PORT ALBERNI
INTERIOR VANCOUVER ISLAND
NEAR PORT ALBERNI
INTERIOR VANCOUVER ISLAND
NEAR PORT ALBERNI
INTERIOR VANCOUVER ISLAND
NEAR PORT ALBERNI
INTERIOR VANCOUVER ISLAND
NEAR PORT ALBERNI
INTERIOR VANCOUVER ISLAND WEST OF NANAIMO
PORT MACNEIL
PORT HARDY AIRPORT ON SHORE
2 MILES SOUTH OF PORT HARDY
ROUTE PORT HARDY NORTH TO KLEMTU
AND BACTK TO SHEARWATER
SHEARWATER & DENNY ISLAND AIRSTRIP
SHEARWATER & DENNY ISLAND AIRSTRIP
SHEARWATER MARINA
SHEARWATER RESTAURANT, STORES AND SHOPS
SHEARWATER RESORT HOTEL
SPORT FISHING BERTHS AT SHEARWATER


DAY 3
SHEARWATER TO YAKUTAT
September 7, 2010

On Tuesday, September 7, the weather improved and they took off from Denny Island and headed for Prince Rupert. As they proceeded north the clouds and ground fog increased as they approached Prince Rupert. They therfor altered their course to proceed to Terrace which is about 25_miles inland from Prince Rupert on the highway and railway east up the Skeena river. Actually this turned out to be a fortunate turn of events since at Terrace they learned that there was no 100LL aviation fuel available at Prince Rupert. The distance flown Denny Island (Shearwater) to Terrace via a deviated route was about 130 nautical miles.

From Terrace it was decided to fly direct to Ketchikan. The glaciers, snowfields and abrupt peaks offered spectacular scenery. Upon reaching Ketchikan it was noted that two cruise ships were in the harbor. Distance from Terrace to Ketchikan by the direct route was about 120 nautical miles.

After fueling , they departed on a direct heading for Sitka; crossing Prince of Whales and Kuiu islands. Bill was able identify numerous bays, inlets and passages that he had cruised by boat in previous years. It is really ionteresting to observe all the homes on the small islands as you approach Sitka harbor and airport. Distance from Ketchikan to Sitka was about 159 nautical miles.

After Sitka, they followed the coastline norh and as they approached Cape Spencer and the Brady Glacier, the clouds thickened and they were forced to fly the beach line. Fortunately there were a number of cloud openings that permitted enjoying the glacier and mountrain scenery. At Yakutat, the weather had detiorated and forced obtaining special VFR clearance for landing.

Yakutat was crowded with sport fishermen and commercial fishing operations. The sport fishermen were fishing mostly for Silver Salmon but were also enjoying catches of other species. Fortunately David had made reservations at Glacier Bear Lodge for two nights as accomodations were all booked. . Arctic Coastal Air was very helpful in allowing use of their phone as Verizon was not available in the Yakutat airport area. The Glacier Bear Lodge accomodations were quite good and their restaurant offered a good selection. For tiedown, the Fly Shop offered a free tiedown in front of the old military hangar.

The distance flown from Sitka to Yakutat was about 201 nautical miles ending the day with about 610 nautical miles flown in a little over 6 hours flying time.

ROUTE SHEARWATER TO TERRACE
ROUTE TERRACE TO KETCHIKAN
LOW CLOUDS UPON LEAVING SHEARWATER
LOW CLOUDS NEAR KLEMTU
TERRACE AIRPORT
TERRACE AIRPORT
TERRACE AIRPORT BUILDINGS
VIEW UP VALLEY FROM TERRACE AIRPORT
TOWN OF TERRACE
RIVER NEAR TERRACE
TERRACE TO KETCHIKAN DIRECT
TERRACE TO KETCHIKAN DIRECT
MISTY FIORDS NATIONAL MONUMENT
MISTY FIORDS NATIONAL MONUMENT
INLET WITH TIDAL CURRENT
APPROACHING KETCHIKAN AND TONGASS NARROWS
CRUISE SHIPS AT KETCHIKAN
KETCHIKAN AIRPORT AND CITY ON RIGHT
CRUISE SHIP
APPROACHING RUNWAY 29 KETCHIKAN INTL KTN
KETCHIKAN AIRPORT ADMIN BUILDINGS
KETCHIKAN AIRPORT SUPPORT BUILDINGS
ROUTE KETCHIKAN TO SITKA
ROUTE SITKA TO YAKUTAT
WEST DEPARTURE FROM KETCHIKAN
PT. HIGGINS AT WEST END TONGASS NARROWS
MOUNTAIN NEAR SITKA
MOUNTAINS BARANOF ISLAND
CHATHAM STRAIT
BARANOF ISLAND MOUNTAINS
APPROACHING SITKA
APPROACHING SITKA
SITKA HARBOR ISLANDS
SITKA HARBOR ISLANDS
SITKA HARBOR LIGHTHOUSE
APPROACH TO RUNWAY 29 SITKA SIT
SITKA AIRPORT BUILDINGS
1946C AT SITKA
CHICHAGOF ISLAND
CROSS SOUND
CAPE SPENCER
FAIRWEATHER RANGE
FAIRWEATHER RANGE
LITUYA BAY
MT. FAIRWEATHER
CAPE FAIRWEATHER
MT. FAIRWEATHER
FAIRWEATHER GLACIER
PHIPPS PENINSULA/ YAKUTAT
MONTI BAY
YAKUTAT AIRPORT / RUNWAY 11
YAKUTAT RUNWAY
FISH CARGO PLANE AT YAKUTAT


DAY 4
SCOUTING TRIP TO ICY BAY
September 8, 2010

A major objective for the Alaska trip was to try and reach their cabin in the Chaix hills at Icy bay. Bill with help of friends had built the cabin in 1963. He used it as a guiding site while he was working in Alaska and patented it under the Homestead Act. Access was by trail from the Chaix Hills airstrip which had been built and utilized for the drilling of an nearby exploratory oil well. The cabin was built of 3 X 12's left over from oil exploratory activities. It was located in large virgin forest trees at a spot on a mountain stream which overlooked the Malaspina Glacier. Bill and Dave had not had the opportunity to visit in recent years.

To inspect the strip , they reduced the plane weight by leaving heavy baggage items at the Glacier Bay Lodge. The weather was marginal with limited visibility. They flew in from the shoreline toward Chaix Hills and spotted a strip which they at first thought was the Chaix Hills strip but had recently been refurbished. After landing they realized that it was not the strip they were looking for but had been constructed much more recently for oil exploration activities. Upon checking coordinates they found it to be about 3 miles from the original Chaix Hills strip and also separated by a river.

The original Chaix Hills airstrip has gradually become less usable with brush and tree growth through the years. They had flown over the strip in 2003 and it appeared suitable for landing with a tundra tire equipped high wing plane. Unfortunately the brush and tree growth have ptetty well taken over and after several passes over the strip they decided against attempting a landing. Plans now are to perhaps charter a helicopter in the future for access to the cabin and perhaps repair the landing strip.

Total flying time for the day was nearly 3 hours.




CARAVAN EQUIPPED FOR CARGO HAULING
NOTE THE TAIL WHEEL STAND
LOOKING ACROSS YAKUTAT BAY
NOTE FOG TOWARD ICY BAY
NEW AIRSTRIP SOUTH OF CHAIX HILLS
ANOTHER VIEW OF NEW ICY BAY AIRSTRIP
DAVE WITH BEAR CONTROL EQUIPMENT
BILL WITH BEAR CONTROL EQUIPMENT
ORIGINAL CHAIX HILLS AIRSTRIP
ORIGINAL CHAIX HILLS AIRSTRIP
ORIGINAL ORIGINAL CHAIX HILLS AIRSTRIP
ORIGINAL HELICOPTER HANGER (RED ROOF)
ORIGINAL HELICOPTER HANGER (RED ROOF)
ORIGINAL HELICOPTER HANGER (RED ROOF)
SMALL ICE BERGS
LOW CEILING AT ICY BAY
GLACIER BEAR LODGE MAIN BUILDING
GLACIER BEAR LODGE SERVICE VEHICLE




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