Zero Hour, 8:00am Meet and board A-Star B3 (That’s a helicopter)
Fly 20 miles into the Purcell Mountains
Depart A-StarB3 (Still a helicopter) unload gear into Boulder hut.
Put skies on. Hunt deep power.
Details to follow.
As I’m sure you’re all aware Hula Girl is famous again. What? You’re not? Well, you really need to get out more. I went and saw Dead Pool last night and in the middle of the movie Dead Pool’s blind roommate trips over a Roomba and guess who’s mounted on said Roomba? You guessed it, Hula Girl! For those of you who are not fans of “Dangerous Flights” (losers) Hula Girl is my side kick/good luck/co-pilot who’s been flying with me for about 25 years. Her first claim to fame, besides knowing me, was being featured on the show when I had to fix her broken legs before mounting her on the glare shield of the Bonanza I was ferrying to Argentina. Since that episode aired I have actually gotten fan main for Hula Girl and have people ask me about her all the time. OK, not really all that much but some anyway. So apparently she got herself an agent and has broken into film. Good for her. I just hope she remembers all the little people. Oh, and I loved Dead Pool, it was hilarious.
OK, OK, Sorry, it’s not amazing around the world ferry flight, it’s just my annual back country skiing trip with my BC buds. I’ll be flying out to Spokane (commercial, mores the pity) then driving to the great white north where after a warm up day skiing at Kimberly My friends and I will board a helicopter which will whisk us hundreds of feet into the air, maybe thousands even, and deep into the cold snowy Purcell mountains where it will drop us off to fend for ourselves for many days. And by “fend for ourselves” I mean sleep in a super cool back country lodge with catered meals and a sauna. But no internet so it’s basically like sleeping in an igloo on the north pole. We are allowed 35 pounds of gear to take with us and that includes beer, wine, rum, scotch, and assorted schnapps…ez. So I guess I’ll have to make do with only one change of underwear for the trip. Hey, safety first I always say. OK, I don’t say that but someone does. I’ll keep you all posted with how many of our party we lose to avalanches, heart attacks, and the like.
Now that Charles is all wrapped up and comfy in his space blankets and rain poncho it’s time to go through the DO NOT LOSE! bag and see what else he might that might come in handy in the quest to not die. (If you don’t know just what in the heck I’m talking about look back a few posts to catch up)
You might remember that the DO NOT LOSE! bag is the small survival kit that I bring with me on every international ferry flight (Ocean crossing) and most other flights where I’m flying over terrain that might be challenging to survive in if I’m forced down. On ferry flights I also have additional supplies and gear in the plane with me that I’ll bring with if I can when exiting the aircraft in and emergency but the DO NOT LOSE! bag is the first priority. If I’m ditching the bag gets zipped inside my survival suit before hand so there’s no chance of losing it and I have my hands free for the raft and maybe my secondary bag of supplies.
So without further ado here’s what’s in my DO NOT LOSE! bag.
OK, from left to right (sort of) top to bottom.
Chem light: Just a good emergency light or tie it on the end of a line and twirl it over your head as an emergency beacon.
Lazer pointer: Excellent signaling device. Just shine it in at an aircraft and the cops will come and arrest you. Saved!
Space blanket with electrical tape.
Large military dressing with duct tape wrapping: No not the bandaids. Thanks US ARMY!
More bandaids and iodine wipes.
Bandage tape with strong rubber bands
Cloths pins: In case you need to do some laundry. Honestly I don’t remember why they are in there.
Tweezers and large safety pins
Military heat tabs: Good fire starter.
Magnesium block with sparker. Good fire starter.
Waterproof lighter and matches
Good luck charm
Swiss Army knife, large and small
More knife, you never want to run out of knife.
Super glue, Good for patching holes in a raft or your body.
Drugs. Mostly ibuprofen, I don’t think the little blue pills are viagra but I’ll take them last, just in case.
Army power bar
More bandage tape
Rubber gloves. Mostly for keeping hands warm.
Raft patch kit
PLB (Personell Locator Beacon)
Gerber multi-tool. Probably on my belt
As I said I change this kit to fit the part of the world I’m flying over or when I think of something new. Like why don’t I have any booze in it? Hmmmm, guess I’ll have to go to the store.