A few weeks back I hopped in my friend Dave’s, 1995 Maule. A super light, back country flying machine, capable of short take-off and landing. The mission was to scout out a 30 mile trail I will be hiking in a few weeks on the main Salmon river, to Shepp ranch to see my friends Wes and Christina, who are the new caretakers of this iconic Idaho wilderness ranch. On the way to scout the trail, Dave flew us into North America’s deepest river canyon, Hells Canyon, on the Snake river. He wanted to check out Big Bar airstrip. It was a thrilling flight, and nice to get out of the snow in McCall, down 3000 ft., where it was t-shirt weather. In the photos below you will see a few images I snapped of this morning adventure.