This course we're following in the wake of glacier pilot Don Sheldon, who for years was the go-to pilot for mountain climbers attempting 20,237 ft Denali (Mount McKinley).
You'll fly through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world, up huge glaciers, along steep cliffs and through deep passes, landing on the glaciers as you go along.
As an option you'll also have the opportunity to recreate Don Sheldon's famous 1960 landing at 14,300 ft on a tiny glacier shelf clinging to the West Buttress of Denali to save climber Helga Bading struck with severe altitude sickness. That flight will test your plane and your mountain flying skills to the limit.
While a ski plane with retractable skis is the ideal plane for this course, it can very well be flown with a normal wheeled plane.
As braking with the wheels on snow is minimal you have to always land uphill.
Also, Duenna will only register a landing when the plane has come to an almost standstill, so stear with the rudder so you don't drift sideways, but decelerate to a standstill.
At that point you may have to throttle op somewhat so you don't start to slide back down the hill.
For complete stop turn the plane perpendicular to the slope, so it does not slide forward or backward. Hitting the pause button can also be a solution to avoid sliding around once Duenna has stopped, or before starting the take-off run.
The weather for this month's race has been posted, and it looks like it will be right in line with the month's theme: TOUGH... Rainy and overcast, with a ceiling at just over 5,000ft, so it might be a challenge at points.
I haven't flown the route with today's weather yet, but I think it should be doable (but let me know if not, then we'll have to think about a Plan B).
•November 2013 Race File information: Date: 01.11.2013, Time: 09:26, Type: Winds-Aloft, Description: BPRL November Race - Official Weather Situation The initial conditions when loaded should be close to the status below: Wind 062º at 3 kts, Overcast, Ceiling 5400', Temperature 31ºF, Dew Point 22ºF, Altimeter 30.23
I get wind 339° at 00 kt, light rain, overcast 35°F, 33°F dew point, at Talkeetna Village Strip AK44 with this weather situation. Rain with a 8/8 cloud layer between about 1000-2000 ft. Clear skies and only light winds above. Pretty much ideal for flying in the mountains.
I've checked that the weather situation is loaded (changes when I load anotherone) in FS9 and FSX.
What do the others get ?
There's a marked difference flying this course with the mountains clear, or socked in
I checked the weather situation again today (also with the file you sent me, Teson), and it looks like when I wrote down the status I was still at an Idaho airport (that's why the discrepancy). Checking the weather at Talkeetna gives me this now (which is pretty much the same as you got): Wind calm, Visibility 50mi, Overcast, Light Rain, Temperature 35ºF, Dew Point 34ºF, Altimeter 29.72 Standing on the AK44 airstrip, it's somewhat overcast and raining, looking like this as I look out across the lake (at 2pm, 150º azimuth):
So — the uploaded weather file should be ok, it's just that I looked at the wrong airport when logging the weather.