Landing and taking off on river banks, tops of cliffs, mountain saddle backs or meadows, all of which are always deep in the wilderness and far from civilization or help, are standard operations. Planning and proper equipment are necessary for survival, and knowledge with continuous training will keep you alive when things get spicy!
Zedekiah: “Camping out of a bush plane in the wild is an experience of either extreme solitude, when I am out there by myself, or great camaraderie with a very small group of pilots who love the back-country as much as I. We have fly-in’s where groups of pilots, young and old, male and female and lots of families all come together to camp out in these hard-to-reach locations“.
You can count on the weather to be unpredictable, changing rapidly with little warning when you fly and camp deep in the mountainous hinterlands. Vigilance and a keen sense of awareness must be enacted at all times, especially in the air but also down on the ground, particularly when camping in the wild. All sorts of wild animals like coyotes, moose, elk, wolves, and bears will come into camp. They can be a curious lot and after all, this is their home and we are just visitors.