So, early Saturday morning I prepared to collect him. Despite the early start, the weather was already not looking too promising as I approached the site.
But thankfully appearances can be deceptive - the cloud was sitting in front of the hill, so the site itself was clear.
I was grateful to have recently completed my refresher mountain training, as the site was at just under 8000 ft - our company limit for normal mountain ops. And also because, whilst they clear sufficient space to land, it's not exactly generous.
|The landing site is to the left of the tower|
There's enough space for the skids, plus a bit to be able to squeeze from one side of the helicopter to the other - what more could I want?!
|At least I don't have to worry about anyone walking into the tail rotor!|
I really take my hat off to the guys who re-supply these places with loads slung 200 ft or more under the helicopter - that's some tricky flying!