Alaska Range Climbing - markwestmanimages

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Lisa Roderick and Joe Puryear packing a runway for the airplane on the Yentna Glacier. Ski-wheel airplane landings and takeoffs are made easier and safer if deep snow is packed down. Climbers utilize skis or snowshoes to make this process easier, though runways such as the one pictured here may take half a day or longer to prepare if only 2 or 3 persons are on hand to work on it.