I just spent spent 5 days in the air, and I don't remember seeing a single cloud. It has been a stunningly warm stretch of cloudless calm days. I was working with Troy Cambier, owner of Chena River Aviation, and ADFG. We stayed at our house on Sheep Mountain and worked in the surrounding mountains. It was a successful project, and we were all very thankful for the perfect weather window. Below are several photos of the helicopter working with the animals. I was in the Super Cub overhead flying cover, and locating new animals in workable areas. The fixed wing generally has the easy job. While the ground crew is working their butts off, I'm circling overhead eating a PBJ sandwich and making snide remarks about their efficiency. It's only because I'm jealous, I know I'll never be as cool as a helicopter pilot or a net-gunner. :) And they always get their revenge. Good times had by all!
Making the move.
Troy picking up the biologists.
You can see the sheep in front of the helicopter.
It's hard work moving the animals out of the steeps and into terrain like this.
Departing Meekin's strip at Sheep Mountain.
This was almost an awesome photo ... but I was not fast enough.
After a long weekend's work.
Landing at the house.
One workup zone was not quite as ideal ... it all comes with the territory.
Not a bad back drop.
Troy trying to decide if he is going to sun himself, or go fly the helicopter.