Takes a certain type of pilot to side-slip in here in these tight quarters.
Mark Sorensen is a Hotspring Lodge reader in Oregon, he has been planning a trip (his first) to Canada for some time in his pristine little Maule aircraft, looking to do a little bike riding and spend Summer solstice at the hot spring. He made his way up the coast and crossed the border into BC, clearing Canada customs and spending a day mountain biking up the backside of the Chief in Squamish . We had been communicating about the conditions and I had told him we were having some strong June winds that were lasting all day, they come up valley, creating a tailwind condition landing that pilots hate to execute, unless they have to. The sun had set in the valley here when I heard him go over that evening, the wind was still gusting from the south as he circled back down valley and set up his approach between the trees into the awfully small looking green spot. I'm sure if it were not for the attraction of the famous Hotspring Lodge and the hot spring tubs waiting below, he would have kept right on going.
Here is a take-off fly around and approach filmed under better conditions the next day.
Hang on to your seat.