Saturday we had a bit of overdevelopment deep in the backcountry, but nothing too serious out front, so it was a good day to work out the kinks and look longingly to the north. Really stable out in the Fraser Valley, you could see the haze and inversion as soon as you left the Miracle Valley. Cloudbase was somewhere above the legal airspace limit of 1981m, so it was tough to stay below that if you weren't careful!
Sunday was The Day however. Similar conditions to Saturday, but no OD in the backcountry, and the winds remained light, and the cloudbase was somewhere around 2300m. This time I resolved to head north and explore some of the more remote peaks. Fortunately because it was a weekend there was oodles of traffic on the backroad FSR's...I could see lots of quads and trucks and bikes, so if I had to land back there I had a reasonable chance of getting a ride back to civilization.
|Looking down at Hemlock Ski Resort on my way to the Chehalis FN community LZ.
The clouds in the Norrish Valley were getting a bit large, and once getting to Chehalis Lake the 1981m airspace restriction kicks in again, making it tougher to successfully fly west back to Stave Lake. Flew over the Hemlock Ski Resort and a nice landing at the Chehalis First Nations community, where Martin N offered to retrieve me. Many thanks Martin for doing that!
Meanwhile Alex had flown to Mt. Judge Howay and return for his own epic flight, and Igor flew halfway up Harrison Lake before returning to the Fraser Valley to close his 100km triangle. It was an awesome day at Mt. St. Benedict, one of the few where the winds and cloudbase conspired to give almost-perfect conditions.
March 31 flight.