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Old 06-09-2021, 11:07 PM
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Default Moose Creek with the BIL and Cousin

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My sister in law asked if I’ld take my brother in law on a trip for his birthday, he needed a vacation. She suggested something remote, camping, mountains, basic guy stuff. Wasn’t sure how I was gonna make it all happen but I started running the options. I’ll be darned if M McGraw RV14 extraordinaire/PJ camper/Formation flyer didn’t contact me about places to stay between Tn and Mt on his way west.
Schedule wise I had to leave sooner, quick oil change/FWF inspection/tire inflation and tailwheel check and lube.
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Old 06-09-2021, 11:38 PM
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After an early morning of work I rushed home to kiss the kiddos/wife goodbye and grabbed my newly delivered sleeping bag. There was an IAC practice session in progress prior to the competition as I was leaving, so stoked to see this at my home airport!
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Old 06-10-2021, 09:21 AM
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Couple hours to pick up my Arthur at KDTN and off to western Kansas to catch-up with an old college buddy. Good friends, awesome steak dinner, and a room for the night.
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Old 06-10-2021, 09:29 AM
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5ish hours flight time to 32S with a fuel stop at 82V and KRIW. First time seeing Yellowstone and the Tetons.
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Old 06-10-2021, 09:44 AM
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Spent a day getting to/from and enjoying the Hot springs.
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Old 06-10-2021, 11:56 AM
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Moose Creek is one of my favorite places - we go almost every year and were just there a week or so ago.

Runway is in good shape (by backcountry standards, anyway). 1/19 is the long runway, and the valley to the north offers lots or maneuvering room to get setup to land on 19. Landing on 4 is ok as well, but requires maneuvering in a much tighter canyon and a bit of a turn on short final.
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Old 06-10-2021, 12:22 PM
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Moose Creek is one of my favorite places - we go almost every year and were just there a week or so ago.

Runway is in good shape (by backcountry standards, anyway). 1/19 is the long runway, and the valley to the north offers lots or maneuvering room to get setup to land on 19. Landing on 4 is ok as well, but requires maneuvering in a much tighter canyon and a bit of a turn on short final.
Any issue with RV wheelpants and either runway? Thanks for the update. No snow/softness in runway this early in the season?
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Old 06-10-2021, 12:55 PM
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I wouldn’t think wheel pants would be an issue. There are the typical undulations in the runway, but it’s not rough by any means until you get near some of the parking areas. I’d think those would be fine at slow taxi speeds. Moose Creek is pretty low altitude, so it dries early in the season. It was completely dry when we were there.

There are some gopher holes, so if you have any doubt I’d have someone hop out and take a look, or just push the plane into place.

This is looking north from the approach end of 1.
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Old 06-10-2021, 02:06 PM
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I landed and took off 19, I found it pretty rough with the undulations bucking the aircraft a bit. Odd as I walked the runway later it looked quite smooth. I am a backcountry newbie so just my observations.
Based on a tip from a local pilot he suggested 4 for the RV which I did several times, the first 1/4 of the runway is rough but touching down about 500’ down just before the intersecting runway 19 was pretty smooth. There is over 1000’ of remaining runway past the intersection that slopes up toward the lodge. The approach is challenging, but flying several miles west down River it opens up for a turn and allows enough time for a descent. Hugging the right side of the Selway on the modified left base/angled final and squeeze between the cut out trees. Precise speed control and spot landing is paramount.

No issues with my wheel pants yet, I did build them 1 1/2 inches higher than most. The middle of the runway is quite packed, I wasn’t real comfortable with venturing too far off the centerline without walking it first.
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Old 06-10-2021, 02:22 PM
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Landing 19, lots of maneuvering room and wide open final. Wish the BIL videoed longer to catch the bumps on the rollout.

View my video at https://andycrabtree.smugmug.com/Moo...John/i-7S2BQVt
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