TritonTheDark OP t1_j1xnm7v wrote

The hike is steep but it's not terrible in normal conditions. Unfortunately I did it with a fucked up knee, so between that and carrying 60lbs up there was a good amount of pain and suffering involved haha. But otherwise would have been fine.

And yeah his main driver of business was all the natural resource operations up there and a lot of them shut down, and he was unable to sustain the heli on just park/sightseeing stuff.


TritonTheDark OP t1_j1wldkn wrote

He's still running his float plane, but he no longer runs his helicopter. The price has gone up quite a bit but it's still a damn good price considering the flying time and the free lodging/food/beer.

There are other spots in the park I want to access but it's gonna be a huge pain in the ass without his helicopter, or a huge pain in the wallet bringing in a helicopter from farther away 😂


TritonTheDark OP t1_j1s2ukz wrote

Camera settings: 60mm, f/10, 1/60s, ISO 250

Going to this place was one of the best decisions of my life, and one of the best trips I've ever done. Typically it's more popular with rock climbers, but we went in the beginning of September which meant we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Not to mention beautiful autumn colors and no bugs! We experienced all sorts of weather, including snow squalls, rain, high winds, sub zero temperatures and beautiful blue skies. It is extremely remote with lots of logistics to deal with for getting there, but it's worth every bit of effort and money.

If you'd like to see more from this trip I have them posted on my website.


TritonTheDark OP t1_ixvhlus wrote

It definitely varies a lot from area to area. I've done off trail hiking through old growth forests and it's a hell of a lot easier than bushwhacking through second growth, typically. Second growth can be nightmarishly messy and if it's in mountainous terrain the route finding can be tricky. Sometimes you can also get lucky and find a game trail that goes roughly where you want to go.