Landing on Ice!

As a mountaineer, I know just how long it can take to approach and climb mountains in Alaska. Depending on which mountain you wish to climb or approach sometimes it can take upwards of a solid 5 to 7 days.

This week I was reminded that Airplanes may be one of the most amazing tools & toys ever invented! Better yet planes on skis... What would normally take us 5 days of walking through unforgiving terrain, look us all of 45 minutes flying not to mention the amazing view!

We had couple perfect days flying in and around the Denali and Talkeetna Mountains.

Being a student pilot ( I am half way through my private license) at first I was a little nervous about flying the Piper Pacer directly at a massive mountain, slowing down, lining up with the glacier and landing the plane in the snow going uphill... I was nervous because the mountains are massive... and you are tiny compared to them!

In this type of flying there is no such thing as a ‘go’ around... A go-around would mean crashing as the aircraft can’t out-climb the terrain you are flying into. The flying is very committing but at the same time it is extremely rewarding. It gives me a new respect for what can be done with Aircraft. It also reminds me of how cool they can be in the mountains.

As a mountaineer I have a lots of respect for the power of the mountains, I respect them because I know how dangerous they can be if not approached in the right ways. However after the first couple of landings, it started to come together and after a few more I was able to settled my nervous energy and enjoy the experience.

We flew at Don Lee’s - Alaska Floats and skis school. Don, Rick and Esther are some of the nicest people I have ever met.

Melissa and I will be back time and time again to enjoy not only the amazing flying and remote rugged landscape but also the hospitality and warmth of good friends.

Keep watching this space because I will soon edit a short video of the experience.

In the meantime please enjoy the photos below.

The next adventure is coming soon! Cheers Rex

Flying toward the Moose’s tooth with Rick!


Flying down the Ruth Glacier


Flying up to 747 pass

Flying the Ruth Glacier


Approaching the Moose’s tooth


Touch Down in the mountains!


Back to Talkeetna, landing on Frozen Christiansen Lake (AK8).

Off to Alaska, ski flying.

Welcome to RPMP Media,

My name is Rex Pemberton, the founder of RPMP Media. I hope to update you on our crazy adventures, every once in a while on this blog page.

While I write, I am sitting at 30,00ft traveling above some of the most beautiful snow capped mountains I have seen, on my way to the Denali range Alaska.

My wife is sitting next to me. Her name is Melissa Pemberton and together we travel the world producing very cool media, performing in Air Shows and adventuring in the world’s most remote environments.

Our next adventure is upon us. It is super exciting to get a break from the busy Air Show schedule and be on our way up to the frontier, the bush flying holly grail. We are heading to Don Lee’s float and ski flying school in Talketena.

Two years ago Melissa and I booked in with Don to complete a floatplane course. It was so much fun we promised ourselves we would come back and try ski flying. This means landing light aircraft on glaciers in and around Mt McKinley.

To fly around Alaska is truly special. It is some of the most exciting and rewarding flying you can do as a pilot.

As a mountaineer and avid backcountry skier I am also hoping I can get some nice power turns while we enjoy the beautiful landscapes this state as to offer.

Are we filming?
I think, you know that answer to that :-) Yes, we are always filming. I hope to build on the stockpile of footage I shot from the last trip and put together a short film of float and ski flying.

The next blog update hopefully will come soon. That is if we are not having to much fun flying!