8000 FT mountain LANDING – The Worst Place To Land My KITFOX!! Landed BUT couldn’t takeoff :(
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8000 FT mountain LANDING – The Worst Place To Land My KITFOX!! Landed BUT couldn’t takeoff :(

August 30, 2019

What is ski flying – you better not flying all winter Quality florence’s that I am Just got done filming some air to air ski flying video with tom now I am heads back to my local airport on my way here I saw this mountain top that I was like, oh man I might be able to land there with all my bush tires because there’s a bunch of 2018 skidoo snowmobile tracks on it But I did touch in go on my alaskan bush wheels tundra tires For a second and it felt pretty solid then I scoped it out I don’t think I’m gonna land there because I don’t got ski plane skis on I have bush tires That’s the ridge right there, I don’t know if you can see it but god it looks smooth open oh I should try it, but I’m gonna make it approach just check it out is all crazy Got a nice little upslope to it. I don’t have skis on I got big tires point 6 good years Put a sauce of flaps in there Got a little bit of a dogleg Like we’re at 8,000 feet Oh shit, I did it oh, oh It’s a little soft up here Holy crap. I want top of a frickin snowy mountain ridge Boom that was as it stands. Hopefully it’s Thick enough where I get off this thing, let’s get out check it out take some photo. Oh, that’s crazy Wow It is a little soft but it’s it’s it’s not too bad put her down like right here and Then rolled out Up to there Gosh I need to get skis Then I don’t have to land on snow build tracks okay, so I Just kind of scoped out where I landed But I don’t think I’m gonna go that because I got a little head wind coming from the south. So I’m gonna head off This way it’s pretty steep, but it’s pretty firm I Don’t think I would set a camera up and do this twice, but I don’t think I’m going to This is a one-time deal. I am postholing I’m a little nervous about that. Actually I Got to take some photos cuz this is just beautiful I’m just gonna lay some tracks cuz it’s pretty soft I’m gonna see what it feels like going that way then I’ll stop and turn on it try this again Yeah, this is not good really soft you Got to pack this thing down Little update About half an hour 45 minutes ago mine. I tried taxing back and forth and it’s It’s too soft I’m trying right now to push make a path for myself And the plane goes it pops it down. It makes it pretty be backs, but moving this airplane around in the snow It’s not easy. I called Tom. I think Tom’s gonna come Looks like Tom’s coming. Oh Really stupid of me land here Thank God I got friends that have ski planes Now he’s gotta figure out how we get Tom on here without hitting me. I think if he goes right here Doing a little touch-and-go checking it out, but it’s definitely that he wants to end up My savior Tom Zuko He’s right there on the cornice Yeah, I’m in a bad situation well I can probably make some phone calls to that got snow machines Here’s my options I’ve got to be somewhere early in the morning. So I Could stay at this place and then find some snowmobilers to round me up in the morning Or I could sleep here at my kitfox plane tonight and wake up and take off We have packed this I’ll probably 200 foot take off like this I’m gonna get in the airplane with Tom And we’re gonna go back to his place then I’ll head over to Sander Hadley the skier and come up in the morning Yeah, it’s still a little soft here Might be doable but better safe than sorry I Just hope that it stays calm tonight My plane is here in the morning. That’s the gamble try to go for it. And right now Or wait tomorrow and go in the morning we got a gas can we’re gonna dig in the ground and Tie down one wing and then we could bury your thing and burying the other thing That’s the plan keep stomping and tie the plane down At the High Sierra, yeah, we have two uncles plane I just Pulled it right out. Yeah This guy’s just a loser Well, the ring comes out tonight at my place I will not let you know a Little bit you take off few rocks poking out we gotta try to miss and my plane That’s the plan I’ll text you the temperature tomorrow morning for my place, okay? Yeah, just like yeah, thanks Tom Tom is nice enough to lend me his car. I’m gonna go to Sander Hadley place He’s right here him and Beau and stay there and I hit Berlin go go get my plane That’s plan Good morning guys I hope you slept better than I did because well I didn’t sleep because my baby was up on top of a mountain and Hopefully my baby’s still up on top of the mountain on the other side, but we didn’t get any winds last night But if that was the forecast at Toms place, and he’s pretty close to the location The temperatures were below freezing, so I should have a nice solid takeoff runway and Right. Now I’m heading back to Tom’s to drop this car off and then Sandra’s gonna pick me up and we’re gonna go try to find the airplane it’s gonna be kind of a mission because It’s different when you’re trying to look for something on the ground versus so that’s the mission right now Go find a plane. Hopefully it’s still there Wish us luck Back at Toms Win for sander pick me up here, you know spike get them I’ll get that bird out of the snow. Thanks, buddy. Yeah Yes devil in Action I Think I actually see The other dealer he’s probably cold Found it. We just get it. We got some ravines to go through She is still sittin there Dude I was that’s wow, I think I was more scared going up that I Was like oh shit, this is right day, but now I gotta fly this We got That way Nice little backcountry runway here Oh all these clothes All right, so winds kind of died down Hello in there this yeah talk to me so you think it looks reasonable to me Once I hit this hard stuff once I start going down that Ridge Fine she’s on I Have to warm it up a little bit more Shot call you later There we go You got a Jonas brother go full-throttle It flops on my head the top of the hill. I can’t pull it up too soon, and I gotta ride it Long as I can Get it yes. Yes Oh Slow Already have I don’t want to do that again Just keep Oh

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  2. Gawd, that was hilarious! Every element of a great comedy was present in that video, complete with a marvelous cast 😂 🤣 I've done some damned fool things in my years of flying but, if you're alive at the end, what else can you do but laugh?

  3. one of the best vids on Utube. EPIC. great friends, stunning friendships & ALL because of the gain for adventure. my own chaos: on the Ribbon just outside of Ouray in the San Juans . . . . my "experienced" partner junked out at the end of the 1st pitch with 3 more to go. nothing to do but go up & i swung the sharp end on my life's 1st alpine climb. Opportunity doesn't stop though — at the top, our still more "experienced" partner gets cold turkey on his ability to build a "V" thread in the ice. Descent plan bombed now. the "V" thread plan was necessary as our rope was too short to rap chain to chain. i then free soloed another 200 ft from the top anchor into a "chute" looking for a Xover to a partner route that had trees for descent anchors — dead end. back to the anchor. 2 hours later i personally met the AAC president & his partner who fortuitously judged our predicament & climbed up to solve their curiosity. no sooner did that man drill his 3 stubby Grieval screws into the ice when the mid afternoon snow chute (i had free soloed) pummeled all of us with a 10' spindrift avalanche. not a worry was offered from either hero. final perspective was quickly proffered: "No such thing as a perfect Alpine effort in my climbing experience — it's never without some drama." i haven't stopped adventuring in the cold world since . . . . . congrats to your adventurous view & to those you can call good friends as those of us get to do in this unique life. FAIR PLAY to your efforts and those close to you.

  4. Incident prone equals #1 Learning when not to do stupid things in an aircraft or# 2 death in said airplane. Smarten up I hope.

  5. People came up there to help you but your too busy making videos, promoting how stupid you are for the sake of youtube fame. Must be an acceptance self esteem thing. Glad your ok and hope you wise up before you end up dead.

  6. Let some air out of the tires?? You get a wider footprint and that could just do it… Little harder landing on solid ground though…

  7. That was freaking awesome, You deserve another subscriber over this so I volunteered and hit that button. 💯

  8. that is living , never see something as obstacles, dude your tha man, you knew what to do , took your options rested in them and made wise decision…no shame my friend it takes really cojones to , do what you needed to do…Congrats..

  9. It's like watching some of the found final footage on an SD card of a camera on a dead b ody of a pilot before he freezes to death in the bush ala Christopher McCandless.

  10. Excitement and good friends in life. 😜😛😍. What is the price of a KitFox ? And next time equip the plane with ski boards in winter time.

  11. Tom's like, "Sure, take the truck, whatever. You'll be dead by lunch tomorrow anyway. Now where'd I leave my beer…"

  12. This why search and rescue have to spend tens of thousands of dollars every year to rescue people. You just can’t fix stupid.

  13. WOW! That takeoff was insane… outstanding job all around!!!!!! New subscriber here 🙂 I dream of building a radial Kitfox someday… (A&P and private pilot)

  14. That steep drop-off could be used to gain airspeed. Saw it done many times in Vietnam in overloaded Huey’s .

  15. Ive always wondered y people live in such cold and inhospitable climates……now i know its to keep their giant balls cool..GREAT JOB!

  16. Why did that seem to be staged to me? Lands on a snowy. Mountain with little overnight survival gear, a pilot is available to come out and help him set up to leave his plane overnight? Anyone else would have run outta sunlight before the second pilot even found him. The guy is available the second day to help him fly off of the mountain the next day? To hard to believe it happened without a lot of thought going into it.

  17. Snow is a speed thief, made worse on a sunny day.
    Proof snow would be soft again was their joyride to the top, "cold last night" my butt.
    Yet any temperature but summer was the wrong temp to spend the night with the plane, a death sentence.
    I cannot think of a scenario where a snow takeoff on wheels is a good idea, despite the taildragging, STOL, high power to weight ratio of a Kitfox, not even a large frozen lake (with snow).
    Altitude 8000 feet? Let's just say his only way to fly off was what you watched, that or Spring.
    I will not be subscribing to this Channel but I will watch his last footage, the one where he films the decisions that led to his death.

  18. I was just watching my phone and I was nervous as if I was in the plane with him. I think that's my 1st adrenaline rush watching a video.

  19. You Idaho guys are so lucky, there's no way you could pull off the stuff you guys do up there down in the mountains of Colorado (our Mts are just too high for flying LSAs).

  20. Looks like we don't just need a plane and flying skills, but a ton of good friends with lots of stuff to have an airplane.

  21. Tucker Gott found a beautiful place for you to set down in the Bahamas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adIF-62MmBM

  22. I finally got around to watching this. Not sure why it took me so long!

    Great video, shows that sometimes we put ourselves in bad situations and shit happens.

    All we can ever do is learn from experiance.

  23. should have told your buddy to take his skis off and dump them out of the plane from the air, so that you could attatch them on your own plane, and take off to return them to him.

  24. I got caught doing stupid shit in a 152 in the younger days. An old WW11 pilot told me "there are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old bold pilots."

  25. I sincerely hope it doesn't happen, but why do I have this awful feeling this fellow will be the star of a future NTSB report?

  26. Helpful criticism. Watching this video, it seems like network TV. The show is at one volume and then the music comes on and it's 10 times louder, like a TV commercial. Kind of annoying. Hope this helps.

  27. The sun and snow are very, very bright … and yet this kid's ballcap is on backwards with the bill behind him. So concerned with his appearance. Loves poking the camera right in his own face … yeah, he's a moron.

  28. There are old pilots and there are bold pilots , but there are no old bold pilots.

    Next time your sphincter tells you “ maybe not !” I think you should listen.


  30. I'm surprised that you did not try deflating your tires a bunch, to reduce the ground loading? There is usually a large "reserve" before tubeless tires will pop off the rims…anyway, reducing the pressure by 1/2 would give twice the contact patch; it has worked for me in sandy places that I never should have been in my 3/4 ton van 😉

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