Murphy Dome Diaries

A journalist observes life in the far north.

Flying to base camp

Loading the Talkeetna Air Taxi plane

The pilot, Ben, crammed 270 pounds of the Glacier Boys’ gear into his Cessna and then checked the weather. Visibility at base camp is low so we are killing time at a pizza parlor with hopes the sun burns off the clouds. Alec and the Texan are calling the expedition Glacier Boys, which is Alec’s back country nickname.

I secured a seat on the plane, which is smaller than any other plane I’ve flown in. I’m going to base camp. The pilot looks about 25 years old. He’s nice. The park ranger yesterday was young too. Alec and the Texan had to sit through a briefing, mostly about how they should deal with their toilet activities. A tv screen on the wall had an Edward Whymper quote, “…climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and that momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end.”

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