Humans of Denali | In Alaska, "you can fly an hour or walk a week". Kris (right) took a page from his father and grandfather by becoming a pilot. And there aren't too many places that are better for flying than in Alaska. Better yet, flying for @talkeetnaair in the Alaska Range and in the neighboring ranges is quite the treat.
The pilots play an integral role in Alaska climbing. While, they play a support role, their service, logistics, knowledge, and wisdom are invaluable to the climbers who appreciate their craft. Unbeknownst to many climbers, these pilots share the same passion for the outdoors and exploration. Talk to them on a personal level, and they will regale you with stories of authentic Alaskan adventure.
During the Denali climbing season, Kris and his colleagues serve the greater climbing community by shuttling ungrateful climbers into the Range, namely the Kahiltna, the Ruth, or Little Switzerland. For the intrepid and bold, TAT will go above and beyond-pioneering the landings for those pioneering the routes, like Fred Beckey, Steve House, and Colin Haley. It truly is a demanding job, given climber's attitudes. You folks are the unsung characters that make the impossible, possible. Your attention to detail, concern for safety, and strength of character make you folks unique. Thanks for playing the role of meteorologist, OSHA inspector, hotel concierge, tour guide, mechanic, and pilot. Not much amazes me more than seeing you guys and gals shooting the gap between Hunter and Annie's Ridge or quickly rising out of KIA on a short take off in order to slot the needle between weather patterns or your intimate knowledge and awareness of the surrounding topography and airspace.
It was a pleasure to hang out with you guys! And I can't thank you enough for returning from Anchorage with @moosestoothpub pizza. And how about being such a fine standing gentleman for trusting me with your @santacruzbicycles.
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