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.
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.
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.