By an amazing stroke of luck, trapper Bradley Scotton was flying overhead in his two-seater ski plane
and landed on the ice to come to his aid.
Both include food, all gear but personal equipment and clothing, and ski plane flights from Talkeetna, about 110 miles by road from Anchorage.
Brian Okonek, 20-time summiter of Mount McKinley, owns Alaska-Denali Guiding, based at Talkeetna, Alaska, where ski planes take off for McKinley's mountaineering base camps.
The ways through this part of the province in winter are by dogsled, snowmobile, snowshoe, ski plane
, or helicopter.
The team will utilize a ski plane
to scout and land on a nearby ice field at which point they will have two weeks to complete their objective and meet a pre-scheduled boat pickup.
He dug his own runway and then used his digital camera and satellite phone to send photos to persuade rescue pilots that it was safe to land a ski plane
on the ice.
16 when an Adventure Network International ski plane transported them off the Ross Ice Shelf to a ship waiting to carry them homeward.
15, ANI's Twin Otter ski plane flew about seven hours from its Patriot Hills base to the explorers' location.
Their winter season begins in February, when the lake is frozen solid enough for ski planes
to land and there's still some daylight.
Almost daily during the austral summer season of October through February, these ski planes
glide to a stop on the South Pole's snow-packed runway.
No other country in the world makes as much use of helicopters and ski planes
as New Zealand.
Ice is not yet thick enough for ski planes
to land, and rivers still flowing make overland travel unsafe for dog teams or snowmobiles.