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    I know of a bunch of people that have kited up there on the glaciers. Not sure if they were kiting for the sake of kiting, or just using them for access on long approaches, but there is wind. Like any mountainous area, it’s pretty unpredictable, and winds can be viscous there. I don’t know enough to say if it’s a worthy destination strictly for kiting purposes, but if I was going and had the gear I’d certainly bring it. If you’re serious about it, call the guys at the heli ops up there, and see if you can track down Drake (the pilot that does all the glacier drops in the area).

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    @lewmt wrote:

    Was there ever any wind there? Video makes it look pretty windless. I have a buddy that wants to do an AK trip and the plane dropoff into the high glacier area is exactly my dream. Being able to combo incredible gravity drops + kite that type of area would … well … its THE dream for me. I’m not going to talk him into making that exploit if the wind potential is not there. Wouldn’t need nuclear – just nice solid 15-20mph(24-32kph) type winds. Much more than that & the snow gets F*cked.

    Thanks! Amazing stoke. I’m pretty positive that as well done as everything is – doesn’t come close to doing justice to being there.

    well there are lots of big, open, flat glaciers so I’m sure you can kite on it in the right conditions. It wasn’t windy when we were there, but it’s alaska…I’m sure there’s wind. We hit 8/10 days cracker bluebird as good as it gets…which is pretty lucky and unrepresentative

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